Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JOY Shared At Wells Nursing Home

The residents of W. Frank Wells Nursing Home in Macclenny, Florida were treated to a JOY Box Distribution Party on Sunday, January 9th.  Volunteers from the James Croft Evangelistic Association presented a hymn sing-a-long and some special music followed by a message on the true "joy" of Christmas.  Shoebox gifts donated to the ministry were shared with each of the 40 residents as volunteers spent time with each one, sharing, listening and praying.

The boxes contained a variety of gifts including shampoo, body wash, lotions, puzzle books, small gifts, lap blankets and more.  Each time a box was shared the volunteers received a wonderful smile in return.  One of the teenage volunteers said she heard one comment several times, "you mean I get the whole box?"  She would respond, "yes, it's all yours."

The remaining JOY Boxes will be distributed to nursing homes in Macclenny and Lake City over the next two weeks.  Unfortunately, the number of boxes received this year is much lower than last year, but volunteers have made every effort to stretch the resources to the max.

Additional photos from the event are available in this online photo gallery.  Due to HIPAA regulations we are unable to show the faces of the residents, but trust us, those photos were filled with smiles!

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