Hearthstone Communities, a Heritage senior living community in Woodstock, IL, is working new holiday magic this month in Woodstock. As a special event for their residents, they will be hosting the “Bring the Joy” car parade at 2pm on Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Lisa Haglund, Heritage President and CEO, shared, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force many time-honored traditions and heart-warming gatherings to change. That won’t stop us from enjoying seasonal traditions, meaningful moments, and special memories, and even creating some new ones. We are so blessed to work with the Woodstock Rotary to present the “Bring the Joy” parade for our residents and area seniors.”
All community members are encouraged to come alongside Hearthstone, decorate their own vehicles in the spirit of Christmas, and join in the merriment, which will even feature a special guest – Santa Claus, himself!
“We know this year has been a difficult one for our residents and their families,” Haglund added. “Our Heritage communities, nationwide, are determined to make the holiday season of 2020 unlike any other, and our teams are working tirelessly, and with exceptional innovation, to “Bring the Joy” this year for our most vulnerable population, our seniors.”
In order to abide by all social distancing and safety guidelines, the parade will not be open for public spectators to gather together outside, but is intended for seniors to view from their windows or porches as it drives by. For those interested in participating, all participants must meet at the staging area, the McHenry County Courthouse, 2200 North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, at 1:45pm on Sunday, December 20. An organizing member of the event will direct all participants to their location in the parade. For safety, all participants must remain in their enclosed vehicle, and not gather outside of vehicles. The parade will start on Route 47 and proceed south past Independence Health and Therapy, Hearthstone Communities, and dispersing at Route 47. Those who would like to participate, or have questions regarding participating in the parade please contact Cynthia Albright by emailing AlbrightC@hearthstonewoodstock.org. For all media inquiries, please contact Melissa Anderson, Heritage Marketing Manager, by emailing email@example.com.
Heritage Ministries, the parent company of Hearthstone, was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations across the United States. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, memory care, and assisted living. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.