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“We wanted to sponsor a Christmas Celebration at Paris Healthcare Center because many other Motorcycle Groups are doing Toy Drives for children during Christmas,” stated Terri Jimmerson, Secretary for Paris Independent Bikers. ”We support Toy Drives also, but for this celebration, we wanted to turn our attention to the elderly.”
“Paris Independent Bikers is a family oriented motorcycle riding club, and there are so many residents at Nursing Homes who do not have families, making Christmas just another lonely day for them,” she continued.
This year’s inaugural ‘Nursing Home Christmas celebration’ took place on December 15. The group hopes to make this an annual event for the Christmas season. Next year they will choose a different nursing home to sponsor.
Santa Claus came to the event to give the residents gifts, and there was a group of Christmas Carolers who sang in Christmas celebration.
Join the Paris Church of God this Sunday, December 16 as they present “Celebrate the Season…Celebrate the Son!”: a Christmas program that encorporates both drama and music. Service times are 10:45 and 6:00 p.m.
All together the third grade students donated 63 toys!
The teachers pictured are Mrs. Bridges, Mrs. Brook, and Mrs. Butler.
Brothers Brad and Brent Ford have raised the bar when it comes to Christmas light displays, with their fully choreographed, multi-lighted show at 3030 SE 41st Street — just off the southeast Loop, on the road near the Lighthouse Church.
The music is broadcast over the radio and into your vehicle on FM 92.7. The lights literally ‘dance’ to the beat of each song playing, and occasionally the tall ‘Christmas light Snowman’ talks and sings.
This will be the second year for the dancing display, created by the Ford brothers in honor of their beloved mother, Darlene Ford, who passed away of cancer last year.
“Mom loved the Christmas lights when we started the project. She was so excited to see them” stated Brad Ford. ”It was such a natural thing to dedicate the light display to her. We also take donations, which go to the American Cancer Society, in Mom’s name.”
The lights show is displayed on weeknights from 5:30-10pm and weekends from 5:30pm-midnight.
If you are a Christmas light enthusiast, church group, organization, and/or lover of the family ‘Christmas light sight-seeing’ tradition, the Ford’s light display is one that you will not want to miss! It is incredible to see the perfectly choreographed lights move right along with each song.
There is a donation box at the front of the display, all funds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
A full video of the ‘dancing light display’ will be posted soon on the Extra!