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Christmas spirit abounds at Sterling Village
sterling house christmas 2019
Bonnie Haile, Sterling Village elder, received exactly what she asked for through the Giving Tree Project. She uses the blue shoulder blanket whenever she feels a bit of a chill.

Sterling Village elders and staff were “feeling the love” during the Christmas season because of widespread community support for the long-term-care residence, said Lisa Valentine, community liaison.

A number of seasonal activities culminated with the recent Christmas party attended by elders and their families, and many staff members.

“While enjoying some Christmas goodies, our elders opened their gifts from family, staff and the community,” Valentine said. “The Christmas spirit was obvious during the event and all of us are beyond grateful.

“It is so gratifying to see how this community continues to support us,” she continued. “People are always saying they are glad local folks have a hometown option when they have long-term-care needs. Those who made Christmas a little merrier here have our heartfelt gratitude.”

Two local businesses should be commended for their contributions to Sterling Village elders, Valentine commented.

Jacam Chemicals donated several gifts that many elders can use and bought gifts through the Giving Tree Project for individuals.

“This wonderful local business has kind of adopted us,” Valentine said. “We appreciate Jacam and all others who supported our Giving Tree.”

The Flower Shop displayed another tree for Sterling Village during the holiday season. “Several community members took gift tags and one individual took the remainder,” Valentine said. “There were quite a few left and we thank the individual and everyone else who took a tag at the Flower Shop.”

In addition, Sterling Village was represented at a Christmas Mall booth, where gift tags were distributed. “We appreciated the invitation from the Mall organizers,” Valentine said. “We love being out in the community to spread the Sterling Village message.”

Throughout the season cookies were delivered, carolers sang and Sterling College students entertained.

“The great people of Sterling and the surrounding area reinforced the message that we keep hearing,” Valentine said. “They are glad we are here to offer personal and professional care for elders and their families.”