NEWINGTON – For the third year in a row, Bel-Air Manor had a special Christmas visitor.
About a dozen visitors – in fact – with gifts and treats in tow.
Community members dressed as Santa and his elves delivered some special surprises for residents of the nursing and rehabilitation center. Most of the visitors came from businesses and organizations nearby the New Britain Avenue facility.
Ferrari’s Appliance owner Stacey Ferrari and her staff joined The Chapel Pastor Jim Wiltshire, his wife Dee, Deanna Reney of Karma’s Closet and representatives from ServPro and Savers.
“This is our third year coming together and Christmas shopping for residents of Bel-Air,” Ferrari explained. “It’s the holidays and it’s important for us to give back and enjoy some time with the less fortunate.”
Both long- and short-term residents gathered in the atrium area around a big Christmas tree. Entertainer Kathy Gregory played music and volunteers distributed gifts.
“It was fun for everyone,” Ferrari pointed out. “We hope we brought them a lot of happiness. Some of them remember us and were very appreciative. They smiled and said thank you.”
Each individual received a warm blanket and those who have grandchildren were invited to pick out small toys to give to them as well.
Director of Therapeutic Recreation Karen Mowatt called the visitors “beautiful people.”
“It was very touching, just heartwarming,” Mowatt added. “Residents were talking about it all week afterwards and staff and administration we’re very appreciative.”
Rev. Wiltshire recited a prayer for all in attendance. In addition, the group visited some of the patients’ rooms who couldn’t make it out to the party. Holiday cheer for all - and for all a good morning.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.