WOW! What a December! Such a beautifully adorned building! Events and activities almost nightly. Our Christmas Parties were amazing. Residents and staff alike came together to spread good cheer throughout the festive month. Today, I would like to focus on three special events that took place this month. These three events tell the Christmas Story of Kirby Pines. It illustrates who we are and what we are about. More than parties….more than gifts….the following is what Christmas is all about.
Immediately after Thanksgiving, it was suggested that family and friends might benefit from a coat drive. With the encouragement of Mr. Trammell, our leadership team, residents, and families have been extremely generous. We have collected over 730 coats, with an additional 125 pairs of gloves, scarves, socks, and sweatshirts. In turn, our staff is receiving these efforts with great joy and appreciation. Residents continued their joy by donating over $39,000 to the Employee Holiday Fund. This was given to our hourly employees making less than $23.00 per hour, based on tenure, and hours worked during 2023. These funds were dispensed on Monday, December 18, just in time for any last-minute shopping.
During the evening of December 18, Kirby Pines Senior Leadership, spearheaded by Mr. Trammell and Michelle Vincent, hosted a “Good Ole Fashion Christmas” for 3 needy families in our area. These families were recommended to us by local churches whom we have close personal ties. We provided a “PotLuck Dinner” prepared by our Directors who offered their own specialties. Kirby Pines contributed an additional $750 per family for “Secret Santa” gifts to be opened on Christmas Morning. It was a truly wonderful event filled with smiles, laughter, and tears of joy. This is the true meaning of Christmas here at Kirby Pines.
I hope that this report gives you a sense of pride and joy knowing the good works that are being done right here at Kirby Pines.
Here is to an even more exciting 2024!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Michael, Stephanie and McCoy