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Christmas Dinner Brightens Holidays for Nursing Home Residents

For the past two years, Jim Wiskerchen hasn't been able to spend Christmas at home.
However, with the fancy appetizers, drinks, and twinkling lights, you wouldn't know it.
Thanks to the first ever candlelight Christmas dinner at Bethel Center in Arpin,
he and his whole family get to celebrate Christmas early.
Something that means a lot to his son.

"It is hard when you have a parent in a nursing home for everybody to get together. We are in close proximity, but it is very difficult for everyone to get together." says Randy Wiskerchen.

Executive director Konnie Selgren was sad to see the disappointment many residents faced when they learned they couldn't be home for Christmas,
so she found a unique solution.

"We came together as a team and thought let's bring Christmas here and families here so they can have that Christmas with their grandchildren and families. " Selgren says.

That's exactly what they did.
From the decorations to the delicious holiday feast, no detail went unnoticed.
Something Susan Schoolman and her husband of 44 years appreciate.

"Al and I would go with our children when they were young to see the lights. Now that he can't go out and see the lights, they are bringing the lights here. The food and everything is just fabulous. " Schoolman says.

Thursday's candlelight dinner proves that this isn't Christmas spent in a nursing home.
For right here, right now, this is just plain home. That is something the staff and residents are proud of.

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