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“Santa” to stop by HAMC on Christmas Eve night

By Staff | Dec 23, 2016

Stockings were donated by the Willow City First Lutheran WELCA for HAMC residents to enjoy Christmas morning

Heart of America Medical Center residents are in for a Christmas surprise after a donation from the Willow City First Lutheran WELCA.

Susan Anderson of WELCA dropped off boxes of stockings filled with Christmas treats and goodies to HAMC’s activity department on Tuesday, December 20.

The stockings were lovingly filled with candy bags, stuffed Christmas characters, handkerchiefs, Kleenex packs, peanut butter crackers, animal crackers, gum, chapstick, mini calendars, solar swinging Santas, toy cars and more.

Each stocking was separated by gender, with enough for each male and female resident to receive one.

HAMC night shift nurses and CNAs will act as “Santa,” hanging the stockings near each resident’s bed during Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, residents will wake to find “Santa” has brought them a gift.

“When [Susan] brought these in, we all teared up. I had goosebumps for twenty minutes. Now [the residents] have something to open on Christmas,” Activity Director Kat Brossart said.

Also donated were extra stockings, diabetic candy for those residents who cannot have sugar, and word search books.

“Things like this may seem little, but they’re huge,” Volunteer Services Director Linda Kay Duchscher said. “What does it do to the people that put these together? What does it feel like to give to someone who really needs something? When you give a gift, that’s what it’s all about. It’s such a unique idea and a wonderful thing.”

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