Christmastime has been especially festive on the Perry Wellness Center campus this year. This year we adopted our new “Re-TREE-ving Lives” theme, using Christmas trees to remind us that recovery does happen, and people’s lives can be retrieved. We held a Christmas tree mask contest, designed a tree-themed float for the annual Christmas parade, and gave out donated Loblolly seedlings to guests at our open house. Others were taken to area Perry Chevron outlets for planting, where they will serve as reminders of our theme of hope throughout the city.
A Christmas parade, art contest, our annual Cheer Up the Blues event, Christmas activities with the Americus Civitan Club, decorating the campus – a lot of seasonal activity has been going on. We found the perfect way to cap the center’s festivities last week when we held our Christmas luncheon. After work on a new arbor and greenhouse, hungry peers convened in the cafeteria to enjoy a delicious lunch of ham and turkey sandwiches, onion rings, chips, desserts, and soft drinks. Kenneth Christmas (what a wonderful and appropriate name!), a member of the culinary staff, began the meal with an offering of thanks for friendships, the work that our center does, and the meal itself.
The mood was celebratory as peers enjoyed their meal, followed by the singing of traditional Christmas carols. To close the gathering, Pam Perry read the Biblical account of the Christmas story.
Stuart Perry summarized his thoughts about the current holiday season: “Every day is special for staff and peers at Perry Wellness Center. For Christmas, the partnership of peers and staff as we worked on the parade float began our season. Each day, decorations were added on our campus, and a feeling of friendship and cooperation blessed each of us.”
In the photo, members of the PWC culinary staff fill plates for the Christmas meal celebration. From left: Kelly, Camry, Irvin, K.C. and Jeanette greet peers.