Where Dreams Come TrueLast night’s Christmas parade in downtown Americus was a festive event, with local crowds enjoying music and displays of bands, marchers, and lighted floats passing through city streets.

Please excuse us a moment for blowing our own horn, but we’re proud as we can be. Main Street judges presented Perry Wellness Center with two awards: Best Community Spirit and 1stplace in the float contest!

Each year, the center goes all out for the Christmas parade. Peers and staff alike get caught up in the holiday spirit, and their combined creative talents and enthusiasm create a magical experience each year.

And speaking of magic: the theme of this year’s PWC float was Mickey’s Magic Christmas. The colorful float, filled with Disney characters, proclaimed on its banner, “Makes no difference who you are. Dreams come true at Perry Wellness Center.” 

Walking Christmas PresentAssistant deputy director Amanda Perry explains, “We chose this theme because, at Perry Wellness Center, dreams come true every day.”

While the float itself bore Mickey, Minnie, and other remarkably costumed Disney favorites, other staff and peers accompanied the float through the streets, dressed as gift packages and other characters. 

The center’s award-winning participation in this year’s festivities was the end result of months of planning and anticipation. Planning began this past summer, when staff and peers selected the theme for this year’s float. By September, many people were hard at work on the creation of spectacular costumes and decorations. The beginning of November brought the start of construction on the float itself, with Jeff Williams providing creative vision and building oversight.

The entire project was coordinated by Amanda Perry. She has participated in the parade for many years and always looks forward to it.

“The Christmas parade is my absolute favorite event of the year!” Amanda says. She thinks she caught this enthusiasm from her father, Stuart Perry, who is the founder and CEO of Perry Wellness Center.

The enthusiasm is contagious. Along with Amanda and all the peers and staff of Perry Wellness Center, we wish that all your dreams come true this holiday season.

Minnie Mouses

Wreath MakingAs we reported last week, fresh Christmas trees are for sale at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market on the campus of Perry Wellness Center. They are displayed in areas surrounding the market.

PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry explains the set-up: “We had to be sure to locate the trees on safe, non-sunny display areas. We keep them wet, and the trees we use for market displays have been trunk-cut and placed on suitable tree stands.” Four different varieties are available.for selection, purchase, and loading on customer vehicles.

In a newly designed market area, enthusiastic peers are at work on a wide selection of live wreaths in various sizes. The fresh evergreen wreaths are a popular seasonal décor item.

Team members Doris Stafford, Debra Clayton, and Sonya Mullins (left to right, above) use cut trees to construct the perfect Christmas wreaths.

Flu Precautions 2Awareness of best health practices has been front and center at our wellness center during the current flu season. Any stray cough or sniffle can lead to the spread of cold or flu germs, and peers and staff have been made aware of precautions to take. PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry takes the matter seriously.

“I have survived what I think must have been the flu,” he explains. “We are cracking down on any possible concerns for early sickness at Perry Wellness Center. Peers who do not feel well or have a persistent cough are being taken home. This is a dangerous time of year for any group or assembly.”

Luckily, many peers and staff are on the campus hygiene patrol. For example, when Kaylon Holt is not increasing his record-breaking collection of pop tops for donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Georgia, he is doing his part to keep things clean at the center.

Kaylon recently tackled the sanitizing of all door handles on the classroom/office building. Armed with a safety mask, clean cloths, and antiseptic spray, he set to work on each of these potential breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.

Like a masked super-hero, Kaylon is ready to save the day!

Thanksgiving brunch 2019We hope all our Perry Wellness Center friends and families had a wonderful Thanksgiving. At the center, we brought in Thanksgiving in style.

After an early morning serving of cereal and milk, peers began an abbreviated day on Wednesday. Before they departed, peers and staff were served a pre-Thanksgiving brunch of eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and orange juice. Holiday music played in the background as people dined and chatted, increasing the festive spirit of the day.

Peers then departed early in order to spend more time with family and friends. The center was closed for Thanksgiving, but we’re back today and beginning our Christmas celebration schedule. What a wonderful time of the year!

In the photo above, Rhonda Hubbard and Doris Sanford carry laden trays for Thanksgiving brunch.

Atlanta Market Christmas Trees‘Tis the season!

As Perry Wellness Center wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, we also want to alert our faithful market customers about a way to begin your post-Thanksgiving tree trimming. You can stop by our Christmas Tree Wonderland; i.e., the north parking lot of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, and pick up a freshly cut tree. Four assorted varieties of Christmas trees have been unloaded from the truck, and it looks like the best season ever!

“Kelly Jansen and some of our peers traveled to the Atlanta Market to select, tag, and load Christmas trees this week,” explains Stuart Perry. “They made good selections.”

Project coordinator Jackie Teasley, LPC, CPS, CPRP, is pleased with the timeliness of the trees’ arrival. “Traditionally, many families choose the Friday after Thanksgiving to place and decorate their Christmas tree,” she notes. “It is a family tradition for many, and we wanted to have fresh trees at Happy Patch Market.”

In the photo above, Kelvin, Awan, Mr. Willie, Jamie, Tayshaun, and Brian unload a truck filled with fresh and fragrant evergreens. Caption: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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