As we celebrate the arrival of a new year, full of hope and great potential, Prairie Ridge would like to pause and reflect on our 2015 holiday season. During the holidays, we were able to come together through various celebrations, selfless giving, and traditions to ensure the children at Prairie Ridge were able to create positive holiday memories.
The month of December began with an annual Holiday Party hosted by Boy Scout Troup #180. This event is a longstanding tradition that started over 20 years ago and is a favorite among clients and staff. The Boy Scouts, along with their parents, played games with our clients. They enjoyed snacks and music, and gave each youth a gift. Later in the month, members of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department participated in the annual Prairie Ridge Holiday Party for youth and their families. Attendees dressed up, were served dinner in the decorated gym and enjoyed a program prepared by the youth. Many volunteers also made it out to Prairie Ridge in December to partake in group activities and festive gatherings. These volunteers show the amazing support of the community during the holiday season.
(Members of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department serve dinner at KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital during their annual holiday dinner and program).
These celebrations and activities would not have been possible without those who so generously contributed time and resources to ensure our clients were able to enjoy the holiday season. We are grateful for the community partners who selflessly gave throughout the holiday season.
(The gym at KVC Prairie Ridge decorated for our Annual Holiday Dinner).
Thank You to the following groups and individuals:
BHC Rhodes | Boy Scout Troup #180 | Melanie Boykin | Cascade Health Services | CB Inc. Chicago’s | Jon Corbin & Family | Claude J and Margaret M Supplee Trust | Discount Tire | Suzie Felshaw | Brooke Hertel | Holy Family Altar Society | Patricia Horton | Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department | Kansas City – West Kiwanis Club | Ashly Hoesli | Bonnie Kelly | Carol McCarty | Lucy McIntyre | Alice Meeks | Mary Frances Pomie | Kelli Powell & Family | Jessica Watson | Judy Worrall
Prairie Ridge also asked the community to donate gifts for children and adults receiving psychiatric treatment at the hospital. These Holiday Heroes provided gifts for 64 children and 12 adults! Thank you for brightening the holidays and creating life-long positive memories for our clients! We look forward to forging new friendships and partnerships in 2016.