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Area Children Create Christmas Ornaments for Alice Center Residents

Residents at UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center’s long-term care facility, The Alice Center, received some special holiday cheer this week, as Christmas ornaments created by area children were delivered to both the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Assisted Living Program (ALP).

The ornaments, which are part of the facility’s annual series of holiday events and observances, were created by children from various grades at Malone Central School’s Davis School, Lisa Debyah Family Daycare, and families of Alice Hyde employees.

“Every year we are thrilled by the number of children who want to reach out and spread Christmas cheer to our residents at The Alice Center,” said Angela Penera, Alice Hyde’s Employee Wellness Coordinator, who also organizes the ornament delivery. “This year especially, with life still turned upside down for many people, I can’t thank the schools, families and children enough for sharing their creativity and their Christmas spirit. It makes such a positive impact on everyone.”

As part of the program, Alice Hyde provides materials for children and families to use when creating the ornaments at their home or school. The tokens of Christmas spirit were delivered to residents at The Alice Center last weekend.

“You see the smiles on their (residents) faces and that’s all you need to know about how much this means to them,” said Janet Derouchie, Activities Director for The Alice Center. “It’s those points of connection with the community that really make a difference in our residents’ lives every day – and especially during the holidays.”