UNION — Halloween will come a little early at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home which is opening its doors to the trick-or-treaters of Union County and their families on Oct. 29.
Kelli Joiner, head of Ellen Sagar’s Medical Records Department, announced Monday that the nursing home will hold its “Fall Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Joiner said the festival will involve nursing home residents and staff who will be handing out candy to the little trick-or-treaters who show up with their families. She said other local organizations will be participating in the festival either in person or through donations of candy and other treats.
“We’re having a trunk or treat with the residents,” Joiner said. “The staff are decorating their vehicles and handing out candy. The residents will also be passing out candy. All the candy that’s donated will be passed out by the residents.”
Joiner said the local businesses and organizations that will also be participating in the festival include the Philippi Fire Department which will bring a fire truck from which it will distribute candy; Ambu Star which will bring an ambulance from which candy will be distributed; as well as Gentiva Home Health, S.C. Hospice, and the Blood Connection, all of which will have booths.
“We will also have a clown who will make balloon animals,” Joiner said. “We’ll have face painting, too.”
In addition to the candy which will be distributed for free, Joiner said the nursing home’s staff will prepare food items for sale as part of a fundraiser.
“We’ll be selling hot dogs, popcorn, baked and other goods,” Joiner said. “The trunk or treat is for the community, but the bake sale and hot dog sale is a fundraiser by the Employee Advisory Committee which is organizing this.”
Joiner said the items to be sold will include a pound cake donated by Kirby’s Cake Shoppe.
This is the first Fall Festival the nursing home has sponsored and Joiner said it is hoped it will become an annual event.
Human Resources Manager Jill Mendoza said the Fall Festival is not only a celebration to share with the community, but also an effort by the nursing home to make the residents feel more at home.
“This is the residents’ home and we want to bring this in to them,” Mendoza said. “If they were home they would want to give out candy. We invite the community to attend and participate.”
Want to make this Halloween even more special for your little trick-or-treaters? How about having their picture published in The Union Daily Times?
On Halloween, once they are in their costumes, take a picture of your little trick-or-treaters and email them as a jpeg attachment to The Union Daily Times with their names and your contact information by no later than noon the following Friday, Nov. 1.
Churches that hold Halloween celebrations are also invited to submit photos of their events or contact The Union Daily Times about having a photographer come and photograph them. The photos of those events, along with those submitted by the parents of Union County’s little trick-or-treaters, will be published in the next edition of The Union Daily Times.
So, for an extra Halloween treat for you and your little ones, take those pictures and send them and the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org