Holiday gift bazaar at Fargo care center a tradition with humble beginnings
By: Patrick Spring, The Forum¹.
FARGO – Residents at Elim Rehab & Care Center had their own version of Black Friday at a Christmas gift bazaar Monday.
The gift bazaar started four years ago from humble beginnings. Judy Iverson, a staff member, was helping her uncle, a retired Lutheran pastor who had been bestowed with many gifts from appreciative congregants, move into assisted living. The trove included a huge container of metal gift boxes.
“He never threw a single one away,” said Iverson, an activity assistant at Elim. “He had to give up everything and move into a tiny little apartment.” She decided she could solve two problems in one stroke by lugging the gifts to Elim, where they could go to residents, many of whom are unable to get out and do their own shopping.
That first bazaar was such a hit that staff members decided to keep the tradition going. Employees and others have been donating gift items in recent years. “This was a brainchild that Judy had that has blessed residents tremendously,” said Joyce Eisenbraun, Elim’s director of marketing and development.
The chapel at Elim served as a shop room for the gift bazaar. Tables were stacked with items: ornaments, stuffed animals, toys, books, cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, picture frames, candles, Christmas stockings. “Anything that people donate,” Iverson said. As an added convenience, volunteers with the Friends of Elim wrapped gifts for residents.
John Cunningham is a disabled Elim resident who appreciates the convenience of the gift bazaar. This year, he’ll be able to surprise his wife with her gift for the first time in years. “Talk about handy,” he said. “I didn’t have to do any running around. You could just shop at every table. No hurry.” Cunningham, who uses a wheelchair, was pleased with the selection and variety of gifts. He found choices for extended family ranging from grandparents to grandchildren. “To me, it’s just like gold,” he said of the gift he got for his wife. “The things that I buy for her here are exactly what she wants but will never get for herself.”
Iverson, who is retiring today, hopes the tradition will outlast her. She said the tradition appears to have caught on and is sustained by donated gifts. “That’s what’s kept it going,” she said.
¹ View the full-article on The Forum’s website: http://www.inforum.com/news/3889172-holiday-gift-bazaar-fargo-care-center-tradition-humble-beginnings
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Please mark your calendars for our 2015 2-day workshop! The dates are October 5 & 6, 2015. It is entitled, Human Life and Dignity in Today’s World. The main speaker is Dr. John Kilner and it will be held at New Hope Church, located in New Hope, MN.
It comes from the book Why the Church Needs Bioethics, edited by our conference speaker, John Kilner of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. It’s a glimpse of one of the many bioethical challenges that Christians and churches face today. How would you give guidance to the persons in the case study? – North Central District’s email to pastors.
You can also see Dr. Kilner comment on current bioethical challenges here.
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