Secret Santa delivers tube to Bryant#8217;s

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2007

Secret Santa made quite the delivery to Bryant’s Health Center on Thursday. It was a 50-inch plasma screen television.

The center’s administrator Bob Morris said word about the special delivery got out earlier in the day.

“We had a smaller TV in here and we took it out and they immediately protested,” he said. “But somebody dropped they were getting a new one and word went from one resident to another. I must have heard it 15 times in a few minutes.”

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Morris said the residents loved the new TV.

“There is somebody watching from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.,” he said. “When they saw it, they were like, ‘Holy cow!’”

Lindilou Ferguson, an accounting clerk with Jobs and Family Services, presented the TV to the residents along with a plaque saying that it was donated it in honor of the late Lawrence County Commissioner George Patterson.

“He was a such a strong supporter of the Secret Santa program,” she said.

The television was a gift from the employees of the Lawrence County Department of Jobs and Family Services. They raised money for the past three years to make the donation. The fundraisers included Mother’s and Father’s day baskets, a pie sale and a small version of a Christmas tree festival.

The fundraisers paid for a TV for Bryant Health Center, a Nintendo Wii for Riverbend Nursing Home, and fruit baskets for the Corner Produce for 69 seniors this Christmas. They also got gifts for around 350 children.

Wal-Mart delivered and set up the TV and helped them get the Nintendo.

“They have been marvelous,” Ferguson said.