ST. MARYS – The holiday season at Silver Creek Terrace is filled with excitement and activities.
Administrator / Director Jonathan Shuttleworth said there had been several Christmas-related events at TBS over the past month.
“We had our donation tree this year, (where) each ornament has a number on the back, correlating to a resident of the facility,” he said. “Family, friends, visitors and community members can choose an ornament and give that resident a gift. “
Residents are asked what they would like for Christmas each year, and these items are placed on the back of an ornament.
The gifts are handed out by Santa Claus during the TBS Christmas party, Shuttleworth said.
TBS also often receives acts of kindness from the community, such as when the American Legion Riders Post 103 of St. Marys donated Christmas presents to its veterans this year.
“We also received several cards and handmade crafts from local church members and students at the school,” Shuttleworth noted.
TBS is also hosting a ticket sale to raise funds for the Resident Activity Fund, ultimately awarding $ 1,000 to the winner on December 31st.
Residents also enjoyed a ‘paint and sip’ session with St. Marys artist Ashley Denio, a Christmas tree decorating party, a cookie baking day and fruit cakes and a gingerbread house decorating contest, Shuttleworth said.
TBS staff keep residents very active and busy. Other recent activities include hosting a guitar band on December 13, church mass on December 21, and Christmas bingo on December 24.
On December 23, the Terrace hosted its Christmas party for residents, where they enjoyed a photo booth, pizza, gifts and music.
A New Years Eve party is also scheduled for Thursday, December 30, Shuttleworth said.
Not only during the holiday season, but year round, TBS staff encourage residents to participate in activities and outings, he said, such as a day trip to the state park. from Kinzua Bridge and trips to see the elk herd at Benezette.
The facility also welcomes visitors, such as Mike Shuey, a native of the area and Olympic javelin thrower, who visited the residents on August 23.
“We would like to thank everyone who donates to the Silver Creek Activities Department to make these activities possible at no cost to our residents,” he noted.