In a typical year, the residents of Aase Haugen would be going out on coach rides to see the holiday lights. Of course, this year COVID-19 changed their plans. Aase Haugen Administrator Orson Bauder says the facility didn't want to give up, however. "We wanted to bring our residents hope and light. So instead of our residents going to see the lights, we wanted to bring the lights to our residents," says Bauder.
Aase Haugen reached out to area churches and community groups and raised over $5,000, which not only paid for indoor displays in common areas, outdoor lights, electrical cords, wreaths, inflatable holiday displays, and more, but paid for the higher electric bill.
"Each resident can enjoy decorations from their window, and we'll have all the displays for coming years too," says Bauder. "Staff created themes and worked with our community volunteers to install the lights and bring it all to life," says Bauder. "Our maintenance department deserves a hearty thank you, too, as they strung the power, strung the lights and keep it all looking tidy."
The community is invited to drive around the building any evening to see the displays. "It's been a strange and lonesome year for many, but we are grateful for the dedication of our staff and support from our community, now more than ever," says Bauder.