Resident Council President Shirley Miles with Mike Padlo, driver, as Santa

On Dec. 5, 2015, children and grandchildren of residents and associates at Life Care Center of Michigan City, Indiana, had a lot of fun at the center’s Breakfast with Santa.


With around 60 attendees, the center divided the French toast stick and sausage breakfast into two sittings.


The breakfast was truly a team effort. Residents helped pass out candy canes and cookies to the children, and associates dressed up in the Christmas spirit. All the dietary and nursing associates dressed as reindeer. Terri Phillips, executive director; Corey Padlo, marketing director; and two of the dietary associates’ daughters, went as elves and led guests down the candy-cane path to Santa, played by Mike Padlo, the facility’s driver.


“He played a really good Santa,” said Shirley Miles, president of the Resident Council. “He was really good with the babies, and watching the other kids run up to him was really cute.”


Of course, Santa took photos with the families and gave the children a chance to sit on his lap and ask what they wanted for Christmas.


“It was magical!” said Phillips. “Tears of joy came to my eyes as I saw the look on the children’s faces when they saw Santa.”


“Aubrey Wolfe, my cousin, brought her kids and grandma,” said Corey Padlo. “Anton, who is only 10 months old, joyfully gazed into Santa’s eyes. It was beautiful. Her grandma sat right on Santa’s lap and gave him the biggest hug.”

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