‘Tis the season for giving back! WhiteStone residents and team members are doing their part to spread holiday cheer to those living in Greensboro. From donations to a local food bank to senior Christmas carolers to playing Secret Santa, the community continues to host holiday activities in Greensboro for all ages to enjoy.
WhiteStone makes it easy for residents to find opportunities to stay connected with others inside and outside of the community. You’ll find some of the highlights from the holiday season below.
Holidazzle Event for the Second Harvest Food Bank
Seniors from across Greensboro, NC, were invited to join forces to help support the Second Harvest Community Food Bank of Northwest NC. The organization helps bring food, good health, and opportunities to families in need. WhiteStone hosted the Holidazzle event. Seniors were invited to donate canned food items and enjoy the beautiful Christmas trees and Christmas decorations throughout the community with live entertainment.
This was an opportunity for seniors to engage with one another while getting involved with the greater Greensboro culture. Following the festive Christmas event, dozens of items were donated just in time for the holiday season.
WhiteStone Christmas Carolers
WhiteStone’s own Christmas Carolers performed for residents in the Care and Wellness Center. It’s one of the many senior activities in Greensboro. The group is made up of more than a dozen residents who live in the community. This was the first year for performances since they were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group performed a mix of Christmas songs and hymns for residents in the health center. Both the carolers and those who hear them benefit from this Christmas activity that helps to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
“The residents are always very excited to perform for their friends,” said Whitestone’s Chaplain Misty McAden. “Both the carolers and those who hear them benefit from this celebration.”
WhiteStone’s Angel Tree
WhiteStone’s Angel Tree continues to lift the spirits of seniors who are unable to spend the holidays with their friends and family at home this year. For more than 25 years, WhiteStone residents and team members, local international Order of the Rainbow for Girls Assembly, Eastern Star Chapters, and the Masonic Lodges have played Secret Santa. This year, gifts were donated to 66 people who are spending the holidays in short-term rehabilitation at the newly renovated Care and Wellness Center.
“Our goal was to make sure that every resident in our Health Center gets a present at Christmas time,” said Director Of Community Life Services Gina Prevost. “Some are here for rehabilitation; they’re away from their family, so it’s nice for them to have a little gift and make it feel like Christmas.”
Gifts were handed out leading up to Christmas Eve.
A Community Where Giving Back Happens All Year Round
We have the cure for winter blues. It starts with the plethora of holiday events at WhiteStone and a focus on creating an environment where residents are inspired to live each day to the fullest. At WhiteStone, we have a full calendar of activities in the winter months – and all year long – with countless opportunities to learn new things, connect with others, and follow your passions in retirement. Contact us to learn more about our independent living community.