LEXINGTON — Residents of Lexington Court Care Center were due to receive their gifts separately from the nursing home’s Christmas party.
“There are too many freebies,” said activities director Brenda Workman. “We have no room for people and gifts.”
It’s a good problem to have.
Friends Cindy McCoy and Julie Taylor came up with the idea of giving Christmas presents to residents of Lexington Court Care Center during a walk last year.
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“With all the isolation associated with COVID, we wanted to help residents feel a little more love. It was a huge success,” Taylor said. “We have organized this again this year, and we have both partnered with BP Electric.
“BP Electric graciously helped organize this project this year by offering to be the place to drop off gifts purchased for residents.”
A dozen members of Lexington High School’s National Honor Society made short work of collecting gifts for transportation Tuesday afternoon.
“They love it,” Garrett McCoy said of his bandmates. “They understand nursing homes have been isolated from society (by COVID-19 restrictions). They just like that they give back to the community.”
Garrett is Cindy McCoy’s son.
Members of the National Honor Society climbed the steep carpeted staircase at BP Electric to collect the gifts.
The next stop was Lexington Court Care Center.
“I think it’s a great idea to help those who don’t have much help left,” said Lexington junior Kyleigh Currier.
She said NHS members are just getting started. So far they have held a plant sale and put up school decorations.
“This is the first real community outreach,” Currier said.
Jen Poth, co-owner of BP Electric, was only too happy to get involved. She is friends with Taylor and McCoy.
“I think it’s awesome,” Poth said of the effort. “Getting gifts is always great, no matter what your age.”
Workman said the gifts were stored in the nursing home’s beauty salon. Excess gifts were in the activity room.
Santa was due to distribute them on Thursday morning, with the Christmas party taking place in the afternoon.
“We used to give them a $10 Christmas party present,” Workman noted. “Last year they (donors) gave someone a laptop. When locals say they want things, they (donors) try to get them.”
News of the donations spread on Facebook. McCoy had to turn some people away as the approximately 60 residents had gifts.
“I have a growing list for next year,” she said. “I said I would contact them first.”
Workman is grateful to do something for the residents.
“Half of our building was closed (due to COVID) last year at this time.”
This article originally appeared in the Mansfield News Journal: Lexington Court Care Center residents receive community gifts