To The Daily Sun,
Christmas was a lot brighter at the Belknap County Nursing Home due the kindness of employees from the Inns at Mill Falls and parishioners of St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church. Every resident received a gift, each beautifully gift wrapped, thanks to these wonderful employees and parishioners. Mill Falls employees, who have been doing this for the past 10 years, purchased lovely gifts for approximate 50 residents. The church members began helping out several years ago and purchased gifts for the remaining residents.
Phil Rowley played the part of Santa and passed out all the gifts at a party held on December 20. Phil has been volunteering at the nursing home every Tuesday for several years, providing room visits, assisting on outings and conducting men's groups. He is truly loved by the residents.
The nursing home is a 94 bed facility, and coordinating, purchasing and wrapping so many gifts is a huge undertaking, so the staff is very grateful for the kindness of these wonderful people. It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces as Santa handed out the gifts and packages were opened.
Many thanks to each of them for showing the true meaning of Christmas.
The Staff of Belknap County Nursing Home