Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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Residents of Paradise Park in McAllen sat at beautifully decorated tables, enjoying the camaraderie and sipping a cup of “Christmas Tea” as they waited for the park’s Christmas program to begin.

When it started, they all joined in a sing-a-long of Christmas carols led by guitarist Dwight Brackman and keyboardist Tom Malchow.

Following the songs, residents were treated to interesting stories behind cherished quilts that were displayed, one at a time, in a turning of the quilts presentation. There were memory quilts, a four-generation quilt, gifted quilts and a baby quilt.

More tea and coffee (and some elaborately decorated Christmas cookies) were served; Troy Reese did a reading of the book “A Cup of Christmas Tea.”

The day finished with more caroling. More than 15 grocery bags of non-perishable food items were collected. A non-perishable item was the only cost of admission. Bags were delivered to Star of Hope, a local food bank.

“Many thanks to Dilla Arneson, Penny Reese, Zelma Toerber, Pam Frankowski, and all their helpers for organizing a very entertaining, classy activity,” said Activity Director Jeanine Landry in a press release.

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