It’s Valentine’s Day and at St. Mary’s Home there is such an abundance of love that our celebration of the holiday lasts for more than one day – it covers the course of a week.
We started the festivities on Monday when our staff took on the role of “cupid,” wearing red, pink and heart-decorated clothes while lovingly caring
for our Residents.
On Tuesday, a group of film buffs elected to watch Bright Eyes, a Shirley Temple classic, to pay tribute to this angelic actress.
Wednesday was all about music. We arranged a sing-along featuring popular songs from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some favorites were those by Bing Crosby, Doris Day and of course Frank Sinatra.
The following day on Thursday our younger neighbors from the Oscar Mayer School came over to share a special Valentine’s Day poem they had rehearsed and each distributed a homemade card made with careful attention to all of the Residents. The Residents, in return, had heart shaped lollipop treats for the kids to take on the trip home.
Finally on Friday volunteers and staff hung streamers and balloons and colorful paper decorations throughout the auditorium. Our bakers served their Cupid Delight desserts, which they had prepared the day before. This chocolate treat consisted of a layer of brownies, pink icing, ice cream and a cherry on top. It was a sweet ending for a beautiful week.