Over the last two months, KSFY's Morning Show highlighted different charities and organizations every week that needed your help to make the lives of others better during this holiday season. Through the "Tree of Love" Active Generations and First National Bank in Sioux Falls to provide Christmas presents for residents at two nursing homes. Here's the love that grew out of the Tree of Love thanks to so many of you.
This is as close to Santa's Sleigh as you are going to get at Active Generations. The Elves are the Christiansen's; Helen, Vernal, and Tammy. They volunteered to load up the Tree of Love presents that are going to the Good Samaritan Center on North Minnesota Avenue. It's a project Active Generations started 15 years ago.
"We wanted to target older adults. Often so many of these nursing home residents are alone during the holidays because many of their families live out of state so it's a way to remember them and bring a little joy to them at the holiday, "Lisa Howard Activities Director Active Generations.
Once the gifts were delivered, they were handed out by Good Sam employees during their annual Christmas Party. Children aren't the only ones whose eyes light up this time of year.
"God Bless people like you. Oh, it's body cream, that's just what I need. Am I blessed today or what?" Resident Margaret Pollock said.
Margaret Pollock, like all the residents, got to put a few of her wish list items on an ornament and then good hearted folks took those ornaments, went shopping, wrapped it up and returned it under the Tree of Love.. Fulfilling those wishes...
"Oh it's wonderful! Isn't it amazing what people do for these people? For us people." Margaret said.
"Good things come in small packages so it must be a diamond ring." Resident Lavera Casey said.
Nothing would surprise me, nor does the generosity of this community.
"It brought a lot of happiness to the residents. They're getting beautiful Christmas gifts and we appreciate everyone who bought them for us this year. They got sweaters, slippers, everything was so beautiful. Thank you so much," Kathy McCollar, Good Sam Center Activities Coordinator
I love the Season of Giving.