As the Christmas season progresses, we want to share some of our seasonal activities at Perry Wellness Center. This year we participated once again in the Downtown Americus Christmas Parade, and a great time was had by all!
To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the animated movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” we decorated our float, along with peers and staff, to the theme of the “Perry Wellness Center Island of Misfit Toys.”
Staff member Laura Leigh Bell noted, “Decorating the Christmas float with all of the peers was a lot of fun and helped us gain a positive Christmas spirit. I really enjoyed working hands-on with the peers and watching them use their creative talents.”
Three full weeks of preparation went into the colorful float, which had a special message this year for many peers. The theme was chosen because staff and peers believe that everyone has a place to fit in, no matter the flaws that each individual might possess. In the movie, the “misfit” toys believed that they were not wanted because of their flaws. But Rudolph and the gang encouraged them and helped them find homes with children who wanted them. In the same way, Perry Wellness Center believes that there is a place for everyone at the center and in his or her community.
Although the PWC float did not win the contest this year, it had a special place in the hearts of those who proudly took their place at its side.
In the photo above, costumed peers and staff assemble with the completed Perry Wellness Center float prior to the start of the Downtown Americus Christmas Parade.