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Christmas cheer comes to Poplar Courts in Wilkie

Poplar Courts special care home in Wilkie is thankful for community's christmas cheer efforts

UNITY - Poplar Courts Special Care Home in Wilkie is busy during the holiday season, with activities for the residents.

Activity co-ordinator Jessi Pernitsky has organized a Christmas card drop box. The box is located at the front doors of Poplar Courts. Pernitsky says residents enjoyed receiving Christmas cards last year, when the program started.

Pernitsky is asking the public to drop Christmas cards into the box. The message inside can be simple; a name on the card, warm messages, jokes or "thinking of you" comments. Cards can also be mailed to Poplar Courts Special Care Home, Box 459, Wilkie S0K 4W0.

She went on to say there are 30 residents who call Poplar Courts home, and they are excited about receiving the cards.

Pernitsky said another fun Christmas project for residents arose from gnome craft kits, donated by Melanie Lehnert of JM Creations and Designs. The gnomes are making the home festive for the Christmas season.

This year, because some restrictions are lifted, Pernitsky has arranged for a bus to take residents around town to see Christmas light displays. She notes Wilkie is most definitely feeling festive, with beautiful displays on every street. Christmas is a special time for the residents, she says, and seeing the lights brings back happy memories for them.

Musical entertainment is also returning, much to the excitement of the residents, as they enjoy and appreciate the music and singing and seeing the entertainers. For the residents it is like saying, "Welcome home, everyone. We really missed you."

Pernitsky adds residents and staff appreciate the things the public has done and continue to do for the seniors. The past two years have been difficult and last Christmas was unfortunately exceedingly difficult when the home was hit with COVID, and several residents lost their battle with the disease. This year, visitors are can show their vaccine passport, or a third-party negative test, so people who are willing to protect seniors can come in and visit.