By Emily Gross, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center for making every day of the holiday season special for their residents this year.
Missouri Slope has been serving Bismarck, North Dakota for more than 50 years and specializes in long-term care and rehabilitation for seniors. Recognizing that residents in their facility could not be in close contact with family during the holidays, staff launched “Operation Christmas Stocking Project” to celebrate them every day this December. Enlisting the help of generous individuals and community organizations, the team stuffed stockings and presented them to more than 70 tenants each morning. Residents received a wide variety of items, such as cookies, blankets, fun face masks, pens, notepads, calendars, books, scented soap, hand sanitizer, and hot chocolate mix.
The project has made residents feel valued and appreciated. In a recent interview with local news, tenant Annie Gallup, said, “It makes us feel so good that people are thinking of others and wanting to bring us happiness and joy.” Reier Thompson, President and CEO of Missouri Slope, said, “Being able to just surprise everybody with even the smallest gift goes along way.”
Thank you to everyone at Missouri Slope for the extra effort to bring Christmas magic to your residents this season!