Handmade Christmas cards for nursing home residents

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Instead of browsing from store to store looking for that unique Christmas gift, about 350 people decided to take a different approach to get into the holiday spirit by making handmade Christmas cards for area nursing home residents.

It was all part of the Historic City Hall Arts and Culture Center's "Christmas Card Workshop." Participants were able to use a variety of techniques to make their Christmas cards. Professional artists and teachers were on hand to assist the participants.

"We've had a full crowd coming and going all day long," said Carol Anne Gayle, exhibit and program specialist. "It's wonderful."

Last year, the first workshop produced 500 cards. But with a much bigger turnout this year, Gayle said the goal was to have 2,236 Christmas cards ready to deliver just in time for Christmas.

Gayle said a group of children will help deliver a batch of Christmas cards to Grand Cove Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 16th and the rest of the cards would be delivered by the Ombudsman program, part of the Calcasieu Council on the Aging.

"It feels good to feel the holiday spirit and know that we're sharing it beyond these walls," Gayle said.

A local librarian was also on hand telling stories to child participants.

The Historic City Hall also has other holiday events and exhibits going on through the Christmas season. For more information call (337) 491-9147.

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