Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosts Christmas Party for residents |

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosts Christmas Party for residents

Darian Warden

Elna Yoast, left, and Santa take a break from Sandrock Ridge Rehab and Care's festivities to pose for a picture.

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosted its Christmas party Saturday, much to the enjoyment of its residents.

Served lunch and offered time to visit with family and friends, residents munched on sweets and watched as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children.

Mary Gillingham, activities director at Sandrock Ridge, said Santa and Mrs. Claus have been coming for eight years, always to the delight of residents and visiting grandkids.

Mrs. Claus said she enjoys visiting Sandrock Ridge, recalling a story that left her in stiches.

A 102-year-old resident who kept rolling closer to Santa in her wheelchair and moving back, Mrs. Claus said the exasperated resident finally said, "Leave me alone. All I want to do is feel his damn beard."

Gillingham said the facility appreciates all the community does for the 50 or so residents at Sandrock Ridge. Staff members decorated doors and hallways with lights and festive holiday designs. Gillingham said the Key Club and National Honor Society brought in and set up three trees.

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"The residents think they're beautiful," Gillingham said. "The community has made this a super special Christmas celebration for them."

After finishing eating, Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out a present to every resident, provided by Christmas for Seniors. Each present consisted of a throw or handmade quilt, candy, a calendar and gloves or socks.

Residents were excited to open their gifts and try them out, flipping through calendars and trying on gloves.

Wiped out from all the activity, residents retired to their rooms to take a nap, many of them saying they'd sleep well that night after all the day's activities.

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or