Albion, Neb. – (DEC 2020) Applied Connective Technologies, Albion-, Norfolk- and Columbus-based IT group, got in the spirit of giving for their third consecutive year teaming up with local nursing homes on a Secret Santa gifting spree.
For most, 2020 was difficult. For some, it was devastating. The elderly is a population that immediately comes to mind. For each of the past three years, the team at Applied Connective has worked with local nursing home activities directors to collect the wish lists of each and every resident at Good Samaritan Wolf Memorial in Albion and Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove. Through assisted craft time, residents write their wish lists on handmade ornaments, which are then picked up by Applied Connective and hung on the Christmas tree that twinkles in their Albion office lobby. Participating ACT employees select one or several residents’ wish lists and enjoy shopping for them throughout the season.
On a normal year, employees of Applied Connective (and their children) would deliver the gifts personally to their assigned residents on the day of the nursing homes’ respective Christmas parties. However, with Covid restrictions this year, a contact-less drop-off was necessary.
“We love this tradition,” says Applied Connective IT Service Desk Manager Sara Rasmussen, who plays a critical role in facilitating the annual gifting spree. “The holidays are a time of great joy for many, but they can be a time of aching loneliness for many others. While we know we’re incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful nursing home facilities in the area, most nursing home residents have still oftentimes survived many of their loved ones and have lost a great deal of their independence and, therefore, their holiday traditions. We want to bring some of that joy back into the holidays and remind these seniors that they are remembered and cherished.
“This year especially, we recognize how irreplaceable human connection is. And with residents having endured months of isolation, we felt it was more important than ever before to connect with these lovely people. After all, many of them have spent decades being ‘Santa Claus’ for their own families.”