The Amen Choir filled the room with smiles when they visited Emeritus Senior Living Center on Saturday. The residents were bright-eyed and excited to see the “angels” who came to bless them.
First, each resident was given a blanket in the color of their choice made by the Blanket Blessings Ministry of Shepherd of the Hills Church. Then, they settled in to be entertained by the choir who brought their own gifted pianist. The ladies and gentlemen naturally joined in the celebration by singing and clapping their hands.
“We have never had anyone bring us such beautiful gifts,” said one of the ladies. “The blankets are so soft and I love this music!”
Blankets were distributed to everyone who attended the “concert” as well as residents who remained in their rooms.
Katrina, one of the hairdressers, seemed as excited as the residents, sharing stories about the ladies she has grown to love. She grabbed a leopard blanket for Doris and let us in on the fact that it was her client’s birthday. Two birthdays were celebrated with the traditional birthday song and a cheery rendition of “God loves you.”
The Amen Choir brought more than blankets. They delivered smiles that were contagious! Grins spread to the residents, then to the staff, volunteers and finally, to us.
While we were taking pictures and interviewing the residents, we were given what we love most — proof that lives are being changed in our own neighborhood.