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Christmas celebrations with Society families Every family has their own Christmas traditions. At Good Samaritan Society centers nationwide, it’s no different. Residents, staff members and friends are creating their own center traditions to be celebrated and looked forward to every year. Here is a sampling of events and activities that centers are hosting for their own Good Samaritan Society family to observe the holy Christmas season.

Last year, Good Samaritan Society – Arlington staff member Tom Cole and his wife, Cookie, noticed that the Arlington, Ohio, campus’ outdoor Nativity set was looking worn and weathered. So, he and Cookie volunteered to build and paint a new Nativity for the campus. Tom did the cutting and sawing, and

Cookie did the designing and painting. The completed Nativity from the Coles includes 19 separate pieces. Tom and Cookie say the Nativity is a great way for the campus to share the beauty and joy of Jesus’ birth with residents, staff members and the community.

At Good Samaritan Society – Heritage Grove in East Grand Forks, Minn., residents have a sewing ministry group that makes items for various local hospitals and organizations. The group’s biggest project of the year, though, is Operation Red, White and Blue, which sends Christmas stockings to troops overseas. Since Heritage Grove residents first

participated in the program three years ago, they have sewn, decorated and filled more than 900 stockings for soldiers. “This is a small token to thank them for all they do for us,” says Marie Hotvedt, activity director. “The Development

Good Samaritan Society – Heritage Grove resident Evelyn Vanek welcomes her granddaughter 1st Lt. Jennifer Westberg home from Iraq. Jennifer was one of several members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard (pictured in the photo with Evelyn) who received Christmas stockings from Heritage Grove.

Each year, residents and staff members in the healthcare center at Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village in Las Cruces, N.M., celebrate a traditional posada as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. A festival originating in Latin

Tom and Cookie Cole made a 19-piece outdoor Nativity set for Good Samaritan Society – Arlington. 8

America, the posada dramatizes Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging. People representing the holy family travel through a neighborhood or village looking for a room. They sing songs, and

Achievement Center, community members, schools, churches, businesses and individuals all help. The outpouring of goodness is overwhelming.”

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