Merry Christmas Angels!  What a glorious time for us to proclaim God’s love for us through giving us the precious gift of his son!  Hallelujah!

We have a wonderful opportunity to show our love for the residents at our final event as a nonprofit Friday December 15th – a Christmas celebration!

Many of you have signed up to help hand out gifts to the residents of Ivy Court -10AM and Silver Ridge (LaCrosse) – 2PM.  Please come and visit with the residents then enjoy the Lake City Tappers performance at 10:30 & 2:30. Santa, Angels and students from Christian Center School (they provide the youth Veteran’s and Christmas cards) will help distribute the 140 Christmas gifts after the performances.  A special thanks to Donna Evans for her beautiful Christmas cards and candy bags, Candlelight for use of their facility, and the many Angels who put together the contents of the bags.  Our board decided to give 220 $20 gift certificates for Super 1 to the staff at both facilities to show our appreciation for their loving care.

The facilities were helpful in suggesting what we could get for the residents.  We purchased 40 desk organizers, 50 wall calendars, 10 AM/FM Radio, 16 CD Players with headphones and 5 mechanical dogs and cats.

What monies we have remaining will be donated to One More Time and the Hayden Senior Center.  Material leftovers will be given to the facilities and to Newby-ginnings.

Although my heart feels sad that our nonprofit will wind down after 5 years, I look forward to the development of our “Silver Angels” social club.  Many Angels want to continue this vital ministry.  Knowing how much residents love being recognized on their birthday, I pray we will continue to purchase gifts for them to be delivered on their birthdays.  Thanks to Nancy Rieben who has been an excellent leader of our Angel Buddies, there is a great group of Angels who visit with residents who so desperately need to know that they are loved and not forgotten.

If you are interested in being part of “Silver Angels,” please join us January 16th at 5:30 at my home for a potluck.  Please contact me and let me know if you can come and/or if you are interested in continuing as a Silver Angel.

Thanks to our past and present board members: Patti Harris, Wendy Wenger, Pam Wilcox and Diana Benham.  A special thank you to Wendy Werner and Kersten Brinkworth who were essential in developing our nonprofit and continues today to lend their support. Thanks, Kathy Hostetter, for your amazing photographs!  I am so blessed to have gotten to know you all as Angels and friends.  What big hearts you all have!

Love you all!

Diane