ITALY — Making the Christmas season a little bit brighter was the goal of the trip to Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation in Italy on Wednesday morning.The Italy Police Department joined forced with the staff at the Italy-based McDonald’s to adopt 13 residents from the rehab facility’s angel tree.
Police officers and restaurant employees arrived with gifts-in-hand as they made their visit.
“We have had the community come in and the police department happened to come in and visit. I wanted to take a picture of them by the tree. That is how it got started. I told them I still had a few angels up there that I wanted to get out,” Activity Director for Trinity Mission Health and Rehabilitation Rosanna Wooldridge said. "The police department said it would like to take all of them that are left over. Then McDonald's found out about it and wanted to help sponsor those angels.”
Wooldridge said the gifts mean a lot to the residents and help to brighten their day.
“It is just a really big blessing. I was not expecting all of that to happen. It is wonderful,” Wooldridge said. “The community here in Italy everyone knows each other and comes to help out.”
Beckham said it is important to lend a hand where and when you can.
“We actually came up here to check on the nursing home to see if they needed anything. They told us to go ahead and pick an angel out. They said there are 13 angels left. I said we would go ahead and take care of them,” Beckham said. “I was eating lunch at the restaurant. We kind of came together and this is what you see.”
Jonnetta Hardina, who is the Owner of Italy McDonald’s franchise, shared Beckham’s thoughts about giving back to the community. She said that she wanted to help immediately.
“Christmas is an exciting time. In many ways, it brings a lot of cheer and hope to people. But it is also a time that people can feel very lonely and left out," Hardina said. "To be able to bring something that brings a smile to somebody face is something that is both important for us to do."
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