Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, held a Christmas dinner for residents and their families on Dec. 13, 2016.
Approximately 100 people attended the dinner, which was planned by the activity and dining services teams, and consisted of roast beef, potatoes, green beans, rolls and various salads and desserts.
John Wigle, locally known as “The Man with a Million Voices,” and his wife, Melissa, provided entertainment. The couple sang traditional Christmas songs, including “Mary Did You Know,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” as well as newer Christmas songs.
At the end of the evening, Mary Ann Westphal activity assistant and her husband, Rick, maintenance assistant, dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and made a surprise visit.
“Mother had a great time at the dinner,” said the daughter of one of the residents. “The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was so much fun. Mother had her picture made with Santa, and she loved it.”
Cindy Bolduc, director of business development, said this was the facility’s first large-scale Christmas family dinner since it opened last year.
“We had a small dinner for the few patients we had at the time,” said Bolduc. “We hope to make the Christmas dinner an annual thing.”