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Lodge brings Christmas to nursing home

Rev. T.L. Suber belts out a Christmas carol during Monday’s event at Arrowhead Healthcare. Members of Forest Park Moose Lodge brought the holiday spirit to residents. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

Rev. T.L. Suber belts out a Christmas carol during Monday’s event at Arrowhead Healthcare. Members of Forest Park Moose Lodge brought the holiday spirit to residents. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

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Women of Moose Lodge entertain residents at Arrowhead Healthcare Monday afternoon. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

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Women of Moose Lodge Chapter 1303 Rose Fedornis, at left, and Blanche Carter help Frank Walker sing Christmas carols during Monday’s event at Arrowhead Healthcare. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

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Christoria Williams with her gift basket. Moose Lodge Chapter 1303 handed out Christmas gifts to every resident at Arrowhead Healthcare Monday. She also sang carols and a song of her own creation. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

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Pat Roberts cuts a rug with Santa at Arrowhead Healthcare Monday. She is a member of Women of Moose Lodge Chapter 1303. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

RIVERDALE — The men and women of Forest Park Moose Lodge Chapter 1303 brought Christmas to residents of Arrowhead Healthcare Monday afternoon, complete with a visit from Santa, gifts, candy canes and singing.

Lots of singing — two hours’ worth of singing.

Dozens of lodge members and residents crowded into the facility’s cafeteria to sing Christmas carols on a karaoke machine while they waited for Santa’s arrival. Not many got as into the caroling as Rev. T.L. Suber, who took the microphone and belted out one song after another.

“I’ve been singing since I was 9 years old,” said Suber, who also sang a song he said God gave him Monday morning.

Resident Pat Taylor joined in, along with Randy Mack, Govan Marion, Cherrissia Mosely, West Monds, Frank Walker and Christoria Williams, who regaled the group with a song she said she wrote.

When Santa arrived, he passed out candy canes, danced with the women and sang along with the group. At the end of the two-hour event, Moose Lodge members handed out a gift basket to each resident. The baskets included toiletries and cookies.

Member Blanche Carter said this is the first year the Lodge brought Christmas to the nursing home.