LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As we share love this holiday season, like helping children with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, a unique example of love comes from a local market that is thinking of those who have raised us.
It's the same old Jiggs Produce on Valley Station Road. Just under new management this year. John Welch took over the business in September, meaning new traditions. Welch is thinking of a special group of people this season of giving.
"Everybody sees and takes care of the kids, everybody ignores these older people in these nursing homes and no one is there to help them," Welch said.
So to spread some holiday cheer, Welch and his crew brought fresh fruit and some sugar-free candy to the 53 ladies and three gentlemen at the Symphony at Valley Station Assisted Living facility. It's a small Christmas gift, but one that goes with a whole lot of love, delivered by Santa.
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"You can have that too doll, everyone gets a stocking here!" Welch shouted as he passed out fruit encased in stocking shaped nets.
Some residents at the facility struggle with memory. However, that unmistakable "Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!" coming from Santa brings them right back. Not just to childhood, but to the good old days when they sang along to every Christmas carol. Like magic, the lyrics come right back.
"It's great to see how our memory care residents that aren't communicative on a daily basis light up when they see Santa Claus and be able to dance, laugh and even sing with him," said Debbi Davis, the facility director.