December was B-U-S-Y!
Every time I printed off an updated weekly calendar, we got a call from another group wanting to visit or carol for our residents. The furniture in the Lobby was moved this way and that, more times than I can remember (sometimes at the last minute), and we found unique ways to pack even more people into our cozy space, even when it seemed like we were at capacity.
I was consistently reminded of what a caring community we live in, that our neighbors would take time out of their own busy holiday seasons, to spend time with us. Visits like these keep us connected to what’s happening outside the building, and give us a break from our ingrained routines.
We had almost a dozen musical visitors, including the Moorhead High School carolers, and 2 orchestral performances: one from Horizon Middle School, and one from Fargo North High School. These groups of kids had been on buses all day, playing for diverse audiences at different locations in the F-M area. The Hartford Street Brass Band also came by on Saturday morning for a wonderful performance. They continue to be one of our favorites!
We had our monthly visit from Ringo the Pet Therapy dog, and an area preschool came to color Christmas pictures. We had some really great bible study sessions, one that included a sing-a-long with Pastor Mark of Our Redeemer. Our annual vendor show drew most of our residents down to the Lobby, where had to opportunity to find some Christmas gifts, and maybe something for themselves.
We had outings to The Shack on North Broadway, Brewtus Brickhouse, and (what was surprisingly a huge hit) Buffalo Wild Wings. Residents also had a couple chances during the month to get out and see the Christmas lights around town. Of course we had to drive through Lindenwood Park to see Craig’s handmade reindeer, representing River Pointe at the Lindenwood lights.
Congrats to Carol, Pearl, Lilias, and Marie: all winners for the weekly drawing at the hair salon! Ready for a trim? Give Stacey a call at 701-552-1872.
Our book club met to discuss The Book That Matters Most, and residents got together to coordinate a New Year’s Eve party. They welcomed in the New Year, with a donation of canned food to the food pantry, and a reflection of all we have to be grateful for. Several staff members practiced giving back this season, ringing bells for the salvation army, delivering meals on wheels, and by being a part of the Great North Pole project.
We had a wonderful holiday season, but boy did it fly by. We hope that those of you who joined us for the annual Christmas dinner had as much fun as we did. It was a blast to see our Food Service Department create such a fun experience for our residents and their families. Great job, team!
Hope 2018 is off to a great start for you! We are working to think up more exciting things for residents to be a part of this year. Please reach out to Anna Leeby, Community Life Coordinator, if you have ideas of your own, or are in interesting in volunteering at River Pointe.
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