Resident Lou Berry and Santa prepare to hand out presents to associates’ children.

Lou Berry, a resident at Life Care Center of Raynham, Massachusetts, knows what it means to give back to his community.

 

Prior to his residency, Berry hosted an annual Christmas party for local children, offering them gifts, goodies and pictures with Santa Claus.

 

Susan Mullin, assistant director of nursing, was inspired by Berry’s story and the two began to brainstorm a way to carry on his legacy of generosity during the holiday season.

 

In prior years, associates at the facility participated in a traditional white elephant gift exchange, but three Christmases ago, Mullin saw an opportunity for something special.

 

“We all decided to take the money that we typically spent on a white elephant gift and put it toward presents and a Christmas party for all of our associates’ children,” said Mullin.

 

Oftentimes referred to as, “Uncle Lou’s Christmas Party,” the annual event has been a tradition ever since.

 

“Both Lou and Santa are in charge of handing out presents,” said Mullin. “The kids love interacting with them.”

 

This year’s Christmas party featured gifts, gingerbread cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

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