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Chili cookoff winners named

By Ashley Crownover

Henrietta Care Center had our NStep Therapy Open House on Oct. 11 from 4-6 p.m. We served wine, cheese, cookies and punch. The rooms have turned out to be very beautiful. We would really appreciate it if you would take the time to come by and look at our NStep rooms and get a brochure to read about our program even if you could not make it to the Open House. You can also find more information at www.nsteprehab.org.

Our 12th annual Chili Cook-off was on Friday the 12th at noon. We had seven entries in the contest. First place went to John Guerieri, the second place winner was Valerie Horton, third place went to James Guereri and Debbie Brewer received fourth place for her chili! Thank you to our judges, John Lerner, Krisi Allen with Hospice of Wichita Falls, Patricia Hall who is a nurse at Dr. Wolfe’s office, and Randy Hobbs who is an EMT at Clay County Memorial Hospital. The residents always look forward to our October chili cook-off. A great time was had by all!

We also had our annual Teddy Bear Contest on the 12th. We had more than 25 entries! Ten winners were named. The prettiest teddy bear award was given to Charlene Taylor, most colorful teddy bear was awarded to Valerie Horton, Debbie Brewer brought the biggest bear, Bertha Cates had the brightest bear, Linda’s bear was named the overall favorite, and Linda’s bears also received the best theme award. The residents and judges had a fun and exciting time looking at all the stuffed teddy bears at Henrietta Care Center.

Our Bake Sale will be held Friday the 26th in front of Henrietta Pharmacy starting at 7 a.m. and ending when all items are sold. This money raised at the bake sale will go toward our Operation Christmas Box mission. Last year, we sent over 100 boxes at $7 a box, and we hope to beat that record this year.

Speaking of Operation Christmas Child, we are still accepting donations for our boxes. We are especially in need of small toys.  If you have any that you can donate, please bring them by Henrietta Care Center or call (940) 538-4303 and we will make arrangements to get them from you. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. These shoe boxes are for a great cause, and we are very happy to help provide Christmas presents for children in need each year.

The monthly resident birthday party is scheduled for Friday the 26th at 3 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to join us in our celebration.

On Oct. 31, we will hold a Halloween Carnival for the residents. Following the carnival, the participating residents will pass out candy from 6-8 p.m. to kids who want to trick or treat.  Be sure to bring your kids by the facility to get some candy for their trick or treat bags. Also, if anyone wishes to donate a bag of candy for the residents to pass out, we would greatly appreciate it! You can bring it by to Vickie at anytime.

Our resident and family Christmas party is set for Dec. 13. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for pictures and to hand out gifts. Invitations will be sent out at a later date.

Weekly volunteers that we appreciate are Cathy Talley who comes in to paint residents’ nails, Margie Battle and Ruth Lemond, who play the piano and host a sing along, Sarah Sears and Jane McRoy who paint nails and host table talk sessions weekly and also have Friday afternoon devotions and bring door prizes, the Church of God who hosts Sunday school classes weekly, and the Clay County Ministerial Alliance Churches who come out for weekly church services. We would not be able to operate without our volunteers. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Have a happy and blessed week!


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