“Christmas Store” Helps Brookview Residents Shop for Holiday Gifts

Posted: 12/12/2012

Brookview Manor residents Mae Begalka (left) of Estelline, SD and Mavis Deboer (right) of Aurora, SD shop for presents at the Resident Christmas Store, setup this past Monday. Most residents will give the gifts purchased from the store to their loved ones at Brookview Manor’s annual resident-family Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 15.Brookview Manor setup the second annual Resident Christmas Store on Monday, Dec. 10 in the facility living room, allowing residents to use gift tickets to purchase Christmas presents.

“Not all of our residents are able to go out shopping at a store,” said Brookview Manor Administrator Jason Hanssen. “They tend to worry about how they will get Christmas presents for their loved ones. This is a way for them to give out a present, and by using tickets, they still feel like they purchased it themselves.”

Approximately 130 gifts were wrapped for 60 of Brookview Manor’s residents. Most residents will give the gifts to their loved ones at the annual resident-family Christmas party this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Brookview Manor.

Gifts and wrapping materials were donated by Brookings Health System employees. As residents purchased items, Brookview Manor volunteers wrapped gifts.

“The residents were so grateful for the opportunity to pick out a gift for their loved ones for Christmas,” said Hanssen. “It’s an important opportunity for them made possible by our fantastic staff and volunteers at Brookview Manor and all of the employees of Brookings Health System.”

Brookview Manor is a 79-bed, non-profit skilled nursing facility that offers short and long-term care for residents. For more information, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/brookviewmanor or call (605) 696-7710 or (866) 945-2146.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.