🎵On this different, yet festive and memorable, holiday season, our team at Woods gave residents and staff… 🎵
🎵 One spectacular tree lighting…🎵
A tree lighting on Dec. 1 kicked off the festivities for the 2020 edition of Woods’ Winter Wonderland. Santa and his elves flipped a switch, lighting trees instantly, bringing a colorful glow to the campus and highlighting greenery on the new barnyard and horse corral. Most importantly, smiles were brought to the faces of our residents who witnessed the magical moment.
🎵 Seven kinds of plushies… 🎵
Following the tree-lighting ceremony, Santa and his elves made rounds to all residences on campus and delivered one of seven kinds of plush animals to each resident. The plush animals are courtesy of a gift campaign held by PetSmart in Newtown, Pa., allowing community members to purchase and donate one of the plushies, including hedgehogs and llamas, to the residences.
🎵 Several hundred motorcyclists… 🎵
It’s not the holidays at Woods without an annual visit from Brian’s Harley-Davidson and the Northeast Riders Motorcycle Club. This year’s safely distanced toy delivery included Santa on a chopper, new toys and games, personal care products, craft activities, clothing, and more.
🎵 Fifteen days of celebrating … 🎵
Although there was no outdoor Winter Wonderland, we did have a mini indoor version during which one residence at a time could get a photo with Santa, make crafts, play games, dance, sing and eat some fa-la-la-fabulous food!
🎵 Two of Santa’s reindeer… 🎵
It’s safe to say that this holiday season has been full of surprises for the Woods community – including one from Santa’s little helpers. Comet and her son Curley, two reindeer from Spruce Run Farm in Bloomsburg, Pa., stopped by for a day and provided excitement to residents who observed in awe and learned plenty about the animals.
🎵 1,800 turkeys… 🎵
We couldn’t let the holiday season come and go without showing appreciation to our staff for their continued dedication to our residents. In addition to our annual gift, we distributed 1,800 turkeys to our staff over two days, each weighing about 12-15 pounds. It is our hope that the turkeys will be enjoyed by the staff and their families and will bring a sense of connection in these times of isolation.
🎵1,000-plus Secret Santa gifts…🎵
In this unprecedented time of need, the local and Woods communities have delivered in a major way to our residents this holiday season. Because of these Secret Santas’ generosity, over 1,100 holiday gifts will be delivered this year, checking off items from each resident’s wish list.
🎵 …And continued support from the Woods family! 🎵
While the Woods Winter Wonderland has been reimagined this year, familiar aspects like the tree lighting and visit from Santa brought joy to our residents. With the help of our residents’ families and the Bucks County neighbors, the 2020 holiday season at Woods will be one to remember for all of the right reasons. Though we may not know what it will look like this time next year, one thing’s for sure: Santa will be coming to town once more.