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December 28, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – December 28, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:30 am

On The Bright Side
December 28, 2011

The residents of Hemphill Care Center have been in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season with lots of activities planned for our enjoyment.
During the first week our home was turned into a Christmas wonderland. Decorated with brilliantly colored lights, 3 beautiful Christmas trees and dozens of beautiful red poinsettias donated by our friends at Oakhill Baptist Church. Our big beautiful Christmas tree in our dining room was decorated by our great friends and volunteers from Hemphill’s Church of Christ.
We had fun laughing and singing with our clown friends from Lakes Area Hospice and from Fairdale Baptist Church. They brought Christmas cheer to our hearts. The craft ladies(Carole and Linda) and our friends from the Hemphill Garden Club helped us make Christmas decorations for our rooms. The highlight of the week was our huge annual Christmas Party which was held on Saturday December 10, 2011. Relatives, friends and volunteers made the party a wonderful time for us. Our activity director handed our plaques for the  volunteer of the year, which was Fairdale Baptist Church and our resident of the year, which was Jerry Fields.
Jolly ole St. Nick even stopped by to deliver gifts to all of us.
Thanks to our friends at Six Mile Baptist Church we were treated to a free shopping spree, at which time we could select gifts for our family and friends. We were blessed to have special Christmas programs and cantatas presented by the choirs of: Bethel Chapel Baptist church, County Line Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Rach Family and the band of West Sabine, they were all awesome!
The Macedonia Mission ladies treated us to delicious homemade cakes and pies and surprised everyone with a special gift. Marissa from Jordan Home Health read us a beautiful Christmas story titled “The Three Trees” the story was very moving and touched our hearts.
Lively bingo games this month were sponsored by Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Carletta with Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. We were sad to hear that Foy Forehand from the Church of Christ will not be here any longer to play bingo with us. He plans to move out of Sabine County sometime in January. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
We were happy to worship with our friends from the First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Little Flock Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church, and Bethany Baptist Church, who shared the spirit of Christmas with us.
Although we have enjoyed all the Christmas activities, we had a very merry Christmas Sunday with all our families and friends stopping by all day to make our day special.
The resident council selected Sandy Trahan as our volunteer of the month, Jack Winn as our resident of the month and Tiffani Bradberry and Ernie Mae Garner as our employees of the month. Celebrating birthdays this month were: our own Pat Bradberry, Angie Martin, Bettie Mae McGraw, Ruth Watson, Bobbie Garrett, Anna McKay and Jesse Allen.
Our love and sympathy is extended to the families and friends of: Verdell Easley, Thurman Richards and Don Caraway for the loss of their loved one.
We are so looking forward to the next few days. We are having a monthly birthday party given by Tiffany Harris, C.J. Michaels, the one man band is stopping by and we are having a pizza party of Friday to ring in the new year a little early
The residents and staff of Hemphill Care Center would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year. May Gods blessings be yours each day of 2012.

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