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Parkside residents, staff spread holiday cheer

December 30, 2012
Salem News

COLUMBIANA - Right after the Thanksgiving holiday, employees at Parkside Health Care Center began talking about the approaching Christmas season and how they wanted to do something "special." Nurse Aide Supervisor Sue Christian began brainstorming with Dianne Hughes, admissions/marketing director, who is involved with the community, and Business Manager Amanda Lipply, and so began the "12 Days of Kindness."

Employees began a non-perishable food drive at the facility to donate and deliver to Second Harvest Food Bank. Local churches also will receive food baskets for families needing a little help for the holiday. There will also be a donation made to the Salem Community Hospital Charitable Foundation which helps people afford needed medication when discharged from the hospital.

Considering the recent events in Connecticut, one of the most meaningful and heartwarming acts of kindness (which had already been planned) was going to the East Palestine Head Start.

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Residents and staff at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana performed acts of kindness throughout the community during the holiday season. Mae Chellinsky passes out candy canes to the children at the East Palestine Head Start. (Submitted photo)

Staff at Parkside also donated hat and mitten sets for each child. Cookies and juice were served and children received jingle bell necklaces and their choice of a Santa hat, reindeer antlers, or snowman headband. Nursing assistants Christina Tate and Samantha Harrison and receptionist Wendy Dickson participated in the festivities.

Keller remarked how wonderful it was to be around such well-behaved, adorable young children. "There's nothing better than seeing a child smile." There are more acts of kindness in the works as the nursing home strives to reach the nationwide "20 acts of kindness" goal.

The nursing home is currently collecting for Hear-O Angels which provides hearing aids to children.



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