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Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center thanks all in the community who donated gifts, cards, wreaths, money and a generous amount of their time with our residents during Christmas season.
It occurred to me while decorating tree after tree in the facility (as well as dealing with lights that do not work, ornaments that break and the occasional tree that falls over), that this is not what it is all about.
It is about the smiles on our residents’ faces when they see a brightly lit tree. It’s about an Alzheimer’s resident unable to communicate with family, but sings the words to familiar Christmas hymns and songs.
It’s about children and youth groups caroling on the halls for the residents’ enjoyment. It’s reminiscing with war veterans regarding Christmas in the past when they were away from their families.
It’s about the old and the young coming together at this festive time of year to share a smile and a laugh. It’s about making residents’ home a winter wonderland of trees and decorations.
It’s about nibbling on sweet Christmas cookies and placing small trees in their rooms to illuminate the dark night. It’s about someone who is lonely and ill being lifted up by the sound of a Christmas carol being sung. It is about sharing Christian love with others less fortunate.
“There’s no place like home for the holidays” — this is a true statement for everyone. At Grayson Nursing, we try to make the residents’ “home away from home” a safe, warm, secure environment of love and caring.
I encourage you to come visit. We have numerous visitors during the holidays, but our residents need social contact with their local community all year long. If you are unable to visit, say a prayer or two for our residents. They are just sweet individuals with a rich past that are now in need of love and attention.
To inquire about volunteering, contact me (276) 773‑0303. There are many opportunities available for volunteering — from delivering mail, to playing checkers, to simply sitting in a resident’s room and conversing. Come join us.
Elizabeth G. Myers
Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center