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Life Care Center of New Market, Virginia, held a very successful Resident Christmas Fund Bingo event to raise funds for resident Christmas gifts.


This was the Seventh Annual Community Bingo for the skilled nursing and rehab center. Because the building could not accommodate all the people and bingo prizes, the event took place at the local fire station. One community member and volunteer at Life Care Center of New Market brought her delicious baked goodies and sold them during the event. There was also a poker chip game for small prizes, such as gift certificates to McDonald’s and Avon donated by associates.


“This Christmas gift activity has been growing for the past 18 years, with the past seven including the community bingo,” said Arlene Thompson, activity director.


The bingo competition revolved around Longaberger baskets stuffed with themed goodies and Thirty-One Gifts. Sue Otten, assistant activities director, said that more than $2,000 was raised for the fund.


Monies will be used to purchase each resident or rehab patient a small Christmas gift. In the past, Santa’s list included Bath & Body Works products, JCPenney items and men’s cologne.


Otten also takes in food donations for a Christmas party where the residents come, enjoy Christmas tunes and open their gifts.