Residents of rest homes and family-care facilities were treated to a Christmas celebration from Adult Social Services.

On Friday, Dec. 15, social workers, residents and community volunteers gathered in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church to serve hundreds of meals to eager clients. The Adult DSS program in McDowell said they serve about 400 clients in 13 rest homes and family care homes.

Gwen Conley, social worker with Adult DSS, said this is a good opportunity for these folks to get out and about and celebrate the Christmas season. Columbia Carolina’s Care Team put together treat bags for the residents, and delivered heaters and electric blankets for those who need a little more warmth for the winter months.

“That’s part of our culture, not only for outside of the community, but within our mill, we are family,” said Nikii Pittman of Columbia Carolina.

B.E. Kelley, a participant in the festivities, said he liked the gathering and he has a lot of love for the DSS workers. He said his favorite thing about Christmas is getting presents. This year he has already received a new coffee pot.

The residents also enjoyed a prayer, reading of The Christmas Story and music by local singers.

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