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Coastal Manor hosts Christmas party
Resident Hattie Nelson wore a Santa hat. - photo by Photo provided.
Who says senior citizens don’t know how to party?
More than 100 seniors — all residents of Coastal Manor in Ludowici — celebrated the season by attending the nursing home’s annual Christmas party Dec. 21.
While they didn’t dance to the latest beat, they did enjoy themselves.
The activity room was beautifully decorated and was jammed packed with family and friends. Residents were decked out in their Santa hats and flashed plenty of smiles. There were also plenty of gifts and food galore.
“The residents participated in wrapping the gifts, as well as Liberty County High School students. When the residents play bingo, they save their ‘play’ money and purchase gifts for their family and friends from the Coastal Manor bingo store. We have a wonderful group of families,” Helen Jenkins, activity coordinator, said.
The staff, churches and folks from the community donate items for the store.  “The residents really enjoy being able to give gifts to their family. They are very excited about shopping at the store. The store has some really nice items,” Jenkins said.
Elizabeth Mason of Ludowici is 90 years young and has been a Coastal Manor resident for three years. Her wish for Christmas this year was to enjoy good health.
“Coastal Manor has some very nice people,” she said.
Mason has two daughters, Jeane Hair and Shirley Warren; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Daughter Jeane, as well as Mason’s good friend Jeanie Castell, attended the party.
Seventy-seven years old Hattie Nelson of Ludowici wished for long life, good health and strength for Christmas.
“As long as I have them, I will be fine,” she said.
Nelson has two children, Romie Conyers and Alethia Hines.
Hines is an employee of Coastal Manor.
John Arthur Stevens of Hinesville said he would take whatever he was given for Christmas.
Sam Moore, a volunteer at Coastal Manor, said he enjoys helping out at the nursing home — something he does nearly every day.
His wife was a resident and, after her death, he opted to continue to serve as a volunteer.
“I want good health for Christmas,” he said.  
Bobby Coble served as Santa Claus again this year.
“I have been busy this year, but I enjoy what I am doing,” Coble said.
He has served as a Santa for 25 years.
“I was born in North Carolina, but moved to Hinesville when I was 7,” he said.
Jenkins noted, “The residents really look forward to the different parties.”
Plans are already under way for the next party.
“We are planning a New Year’s gathering for the residents,” Jenkins said.
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