All Pate locations are in the holiday swing with lots of activities and events. Here’s what’s going on at all of our locations….
Brinlee Creek Ranch near McKinney held its holiday party for patients on December 16th featuring its annual caroling performance by staff.
The ranch announced the 2016 Holiday Door Decorating Contest winner…nursing! For their very artistic use of needles which is surely a first.
BCR also kicked off the traveling Holiday Crafts Sale featuring handiwork from our supported living residents. The sale offers beautiful gift items including jewelry, picture frames, crosses, coasters, gift baskets, canvas signs and wooden holiday signs. Proceeds will go toward sponsoring a North Texas family who lost their house in a fire. We hope to buy gifts for the kids and help however we can.
The ranch’s supported living residents provide staff with a special way to give to patients. BCR’s annual Angel Tree features each resident’s name and staff surprises patients with gifts. Thanks to Main House staff for all their work.
BCR also held a blood drive with Carter Blood Center to make sure there’s plenty on hand for the season.
Fort Worth/Watauga’s Whitley Place and Savanna Oaks residence are busy too, decking the halls and dressing up for the holidays with a theme week going on right now. Monday the 19th patients and staff wore holiday socks, Tuesday holiday hats, Wednesday ugly holiday sweaters. Thursday is dress-as-an-elf day and the Friday is the holiday t-shirt day.
Thursday, December 22nd is the potluck lunch and Secret Santa reveal. That night, staff meets at Il Calabrese for some holiday cheer at an after-work happy hour.
Dallas’s Villa Creek and Towne Lake residence kicked off the month by joining Operation Shoebox with Dallas’s Stewpot charity, stuffing twenty-three shoe boxes with daily necessities for homeless people. They included toiletries, warm hats and gloves, lip balms, all kinds of things to make living on the streets easier. Our transportation team did the delivery. Big shout-out to VC’s Liz G who coordinated the whole thing.
VC’s decorations went up early to the tune of Christmas carols. Patients from TRILS/ILS headed to Grapevine Mall on the 16th to do a little holiday shopping and enjoyed a caroling night at TL on the 18th, organized by a patient’s mom and friends who came with hot chocolate and baked goodies.
The Holiday Craft Sale came to the VC lobby this week featuring a special table – the Pate on a Plate cookbook – hand assembled by patients and initiated by Mary J who is continuing her rehab with us.
Mary’s annual tradition of creating a cookbook for her family morphed into a floor-wide project assembled by Linda Bailey and lots of elves. Pate staff and patients contributed recipes and it’s available now in the lobby for just $5. For Mary, it’s priceless – and a way to give back during her time with us.
On Friday, December 23rd, patients and staff will gather for a holiday activity with desserts made by patients and a hot chocolate bar. Yum!
Coming up, there will be some special New Year’s celebrations in the residences with games, snacks and movie night.
VC also unveiled a New Year coat drive, collecting gently used warm winter clothing for homeless people. Hats, coats, gloves, scarves, blankets, even sleeping bags will be coming in to the Dallas office from all locations and Saturday, January 7th, Pate staff will head downtown to distribute them. It’s part of an initiative to take the Pate spirit beyond our walls in 2017 and into the community.
Thanks to everybody at Pate for their kindness, donations and willingness to give of themselves this season and all through the year. That is, of course, the greatest gift of all. Cheers!