Charles Warner Editor
November 7, 2013
UNION — A festival involving Christmas trees and wreaths will provide opportunities for the community to come together with the residents of an assisted living facility and their families for fellowship during the Christmas season.
Virginia Babb, Assisted Living Supervisor/Admissions Coordinator at Heartland Healthcare of Union, announced that the assisted living facility, located at 709 Rice Avenue Extension, Union, is sponsoring a “Festival of Trees and Wreaths,” beginning Nov. 22.
Babb said the festival will involve the display of Christmas trees and wreaths at the facility provided by local businesses. She said there will be open house tours at the assisted living center on Nov. 22 and 29, and Dec. 6, 13, and 20. The open house tours will give the public the opportunity to judge the trees and wreaths while also socializing with residents and their families.
“It’s a time for the community and families and residents to come together to celebrate the Christmas holiday season,” Babb said. “It’s going to be a time of fellowship. We’re inviting the community to come in and see the trees. We’ll have hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and coffee available as well as some little snacks.
“We’ve sent out information to local businesses about the opportunity to place a tree or a wreath here in the facility,” she said. “They’ll be able to display their name with their tree or wreath and we’re asking the community to tour the facility after it is decorated for Christmas. They’ll be able to vote on a first, second, and third place winners for Best Themed/Decorated tree and wreath.”
As of this week, Babb said WBCU, Blue Ridge Hospice, Heartland Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Faithful Servants, the ministry of Jerry Gossett, have made submissions.
While the entry form she sent out states the deadline for submissions is Friday, Babb said it has been extended for anyone who wants to submit an entry.
Businesses and other organizations interested in submitting a tree and/or wreath are also being asked to pay a $25 entry fee. The revenue generated by the fee will be used to pay for activities for the facility’s residents.
In addition to being displayed at the facility, Babb said the wreaths submitted will also be displayed in a building in downtown Union during Christmas Open House Thursday, Nov. 21. After being on display during Christmas Open House, Babb said the wreaths will be brought to the assisted living facility where they will be displayed through Dec. 26.
Babb said this is the festival’s first year and she hopes it will become an annual event at the facility.
“I would like to do this every year because it would be a good thing for the community and the residents,” Babb said. “It would give the residents the opportunity to socialize with people they don’t see often.”
For more information about The Festival of Trees and Wreaths contact Virginia Babb at the Heartland Healthcare of Union facility at 864-427-0315.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org