Santa Visits the CCC
Four days before Christmas, Santa made one pre-holiday stop at the Community Care Center (CCC) at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The man in red swooped in for a visit to the 13th annual CCC Christmas Party for residents, short term patients and outpatients of the extended care and rehabilitation facility.
â€œWe've been organizing this party since the end of September,â€ said Lori Underwood, AAC, STNA, of the CCC. She and CCC Activities Director Cindi McClain have been spear-heading the beloved yearly event for more than a dozen years.
â€œIt's just such a great event for all involved,â€ said McClain.
The two coordinated a gift donation program through which each of the CCC's almost 30 in-house residents and every other patient attending the party received Christmas presents. â€œWe established a giving tree here and one in the main hospital that offered tags with gift ideas that we'd compiled after talking with residents and their aides,â€ said McClain.
Underwood noted that an additional tree was erected at a participating mall site in Canton. The result was approximately 1,000 presents.
â€œWe also use proceeds from our annual craft show to have extra gifts on hand to ensure that everyone who comes has a gift -- even in the event that we have a last minute resident come to us,â€ she said.
Highlights of the party included recitation of Clement Moore's â€œ'Twas the Night before Christmasâ€ by 92-year-old CCC resident Dorothy Stevens and the singing of holiday favorites led by Renee Bender, CCC's Director of Nursing and her fellow songbirds Tammy Burkhart and Cindy Floyd.
As red and green balloons danced to the beat of holiday favorites such as â€œHolly, Jolly Christmasâ€ and â€œI'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas,â€ Santa queried the standing-room-only crowd about who'd been nice â€“ or not.
â€œI haven't been good; I've had fun!â€ laughed CCC resident Eileen Postiy, who enjoyed the merriment as she held hands with daughter Robin Zupanic of Alliance. As she sat enjoying her second consecutive CCC Christmas Party, Postiy said her favorite part of the event was the good, old-fashioned fun.
â€œI can't help it. I just love to laugh, that's why I love this party,â€ she said with a smile.