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Good Samaritan Village hosts annual “SamFest”

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:41 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A get together is just what residents at Good Samaritan Village needed on Thursday in Hastings because they celebrated getting through a tough year with its annual Samfest.

“This has been terrific,” Community Center Director Ashley Fitzgerald said. “Just seeing more of the community also able to participate and just allowing them to come on to campus for this big event was pretty special.”

This year’s theme was superheroes to honor all the first responders and any hero that inspires them.

“They wanted a way to incorporate the everyday heroes, the nurses, the police, the fire, and even people such as our village diner cooks who went above and beyond to provide meals to people who were shut in their homes,” Fitzgerald said.

They started off with a parade, saw a magician, ate lunch and played bingo. Good Samaritan has done small get togethers and hosted activities virtually, but this was the first time they were able to host something this big where everybody could come out and enjoy the festivities.

One resident and her husband who’s always joining in on the festivities...Says she loves to see everyone out and having fun.

“It’s wonderful that we could get out here and be in the outside since it is a beautiful day today and we don’t have to be in the building and wearing our masks and that and stand six foot apart. We are very cautious of that,” said Resident Judy Young.

Young said it hasn’t been all that bad this past year because Good Samaritan has provided activities for them. Plus she said it’s really brought everyone closer together with having been in close quarters.

“We try to involve everyone that can be get out and about,” Young said. “One of the things that we started during Covid was to have golf cart parades during the year.”

During these parades they would celebrate someone’s birthday or anniversary to help get everybody out.

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