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Christmas spirit arrives at Snow Hill nursing and rehab center

Christmas spirit arrives at Snow Hill...

SNOW HILL, Md. - Thursday marked another chapter in a holiday tradition for the Snow Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where visitors from the North Pole arrived to give residents there a boost of Christmas spirit.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves delivering gifts and joy to the residents of Snow Hill's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  It's an annual visit residents look forward to.

"They ask starting maybe three to four weeks prior to this event, when's the Christmas party, what time is it, how much of my family can come," says Kim Glass, director of nursing.

"They are anticipating this, they're excited about it.  And it's just a wonderful time for them, as well as the staff," says faculty member Antoinette Purnell.

The event represents an opportunity for State Senator Jim Mathias, of District 38, and a member of the Committee of Caregiving, to stop by and spread cheer with constituents in the home of his late mother.

"You see the smiles on the faces of our residents...   And this is what the season is all about.  It's about good cheer, good will, hope, and we bring that love and conjure up those mementos of Christmas and days gone by and great hope for Christmas's yet to come."

PRMC adopts residents and supplies gifts, a way to show residents someone out there cares.

"It gives them the opportunity to know that someone other than the staff here that there are people outside of these walls that care for them," said Purnell.

Garfield Armwood, a resident for two years, wanted to make sure his nieces and nephews knew he was having a good time at the party.

"For the ones that don't have the family close by they at least get to see the other families talk to them, all the families come around and speak with the other residents that don't have family," said Glass.

Faculty members tell 47ABC this event also helps residents mentally and physically, saying it helps get them moving around and interacting with others.


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