Sertoma brings Santa to nursing homes

This annual event is a superb example of the true spirit of the holiday

Most of us have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and the extended holiday season in the company of family members and friends. For those in our community who are permanent or temporary residents of nursing homes, this time of year may not be so festive.

That’s why since 2015 Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma has made sure that these individuals are not forgotten. The local Sertoma group took the lead in making permanent a project begun a year earlier by Ben and Jennifer Crimmins. Every Christmas day, Sertoma members and other volunteers team up with Santa Claus to visit the Marian Home, Fort Dodge Health and Rehab, Friendship Haven and the Villa Care Center, delivering gifts to the people who live there.

Bringing Christmas joy to residents of our community who are somewhat limited in their ability to partake of all the season’s activities is a wonderful project. Many family members go out of their way to make certain that individuals confined to nursing homes are remembered during the holidays. Unfortunately, however, some of these folks don’t have any relatives who live nearby. Some senior citizens have outlived most of their friends as well as the family members closest to them.

It is important that during this season of celebration and giving that everyone is included. This important Sertoma project helps make certain that community members who reside in nursing homes are not overlooked as we celebrate the holidays and have a chance to take part in some of the festivities.

The Messenger applauds the members of Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma for conceiving of this project. They have made it a crucial part of our town’s holiday traditions.