The red team’s tree.

Christmas comes but once a year, as the saying goes, so Day Program is making the most of the season…and keeping busy in the process.

In the monthly team meetings, individuals served in the program were asked how they wanted to celebrate the holidays; there were so many great and thoughtful suggestions, it was decided they would try to do them all!

Red team’s door decorated for the season.

And the month of giving was born!

At the beginning of December, they got busy and started checking supplies off their shopping list – household goods for Ronald McDonald House, materials to make homemade blankets for the Salvation Army and a homeless shelter, and items for a care package to send to a soldier in Afghanistan who has two kids with disabilities.

The orange team’s tree.

People in the program that can carry a tune delivered the holiday spirit by caroling and handing out homemade greeting cards to patients at the Veteran’s Hospital and residents of Columbia Manor (a local nursing home).

A canned food drive for the food bank was also spearheaded. This will run throughout the month of December.

“It has been a busy month!” Day Program Manager Michelle Bell says. “Everyone has been busy shopping and baking and sewing.”

Green Team’s door.

All the while, the five teams (learn about day program’s teams here) have been gearing up for a holiday party by decorating their team rooms.

Each room’s decorations will be up against each other in a heated competition, which has become a fun tradition for every holiday.

As if that weren’t enough, there will also be an ugly sweater contest and a Secret Santa gift exchange.

Blue team’s door.

Day Program’s Month of Giving should serve as a model for the true meaning of the season. It may have made for a busy month but it was worth the hard work.


Santa’s sleigh and reindeer adorn the wall.


Purple team’s door.