Residents of Mission Commons in Redlands were treated to a sing-a-long and storytelling by members of Micah House Monday at the retirement facility.
Residents of Mission Commons were treated to some holiday cheer Monday, as children from Micah House led an afternoon of song and readings to celebrate the season. The non-profit organization partnered with the Redlands retirement community to hold the event, which doubled as a way for Micah House children to give back and celebrate the holidays.
More than a dozen Micah House members, comprised of junior and high school-aged children, were bused to Mission Commons where they sat in chairs set up in a common room of the site waiting for residents to arrive.
Once settled, the singing began.
With songbooks in hand, Dianna Lawson, a program coordinator with Micah House, introduced each song before the voices of holiday cheer flowed through Mission Commons.
Monday’s event was the first time Micah House held a holiday-themed event at the site, said Lawson, adding that all her children were on board with the idea.
“I was very excited the children were willing to do this. And they are giving back, but I think they’re receiving more than they’re giving right now,” she said. “Having all those seniors sit there and sing those songs along side them, and hearing their voices and having them respond so positively to the children is making great memories. And that is what I wanted to have happened.”
Those in attendance had smiles on their faces each time Lawson kicked off each song. Among the classics performed were “Frosty the Snowman” and “Silent Night.”
“For the seniors, (this event) brings back a lot of memories. It engages them to think about their memories and think about their family times,” said Patti Radovick, activities director for Mission Commons. “Children and animals are the two things that really get them going. Any time we can get children and animals in here, they’re here.”
Mission Commons and Micah House are hoping to hold more collaborating events, including a bean bag baseball game in early 2013.
The retirement community also donated goods for the non-profit organization’s recent shopping event where Micah House children used points they earned throughout the year to “buy” gifts for family members.
Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2012 07:12:38 PM PST
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