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Mercy Home celebrates Christmas in July

Northern Maine General Mercy Home residents and a staff member pose by a red, white and blue Christmas tree and some “snowmen,” created from tires and painted by Eagle Lake summer rec children, during the recent Christmas in July celebration. (Contributed photo)

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — On Tuesday, July 25, Northern Maine General’s Mercy Home celebrated America with a Christmas in July barbecue for nursing home residents, family members and employees.

Residents and family members had their pictures taken at the “Snowman and Christmas Tree” photo station and participated in “Reindeer Games” such as Kurplunk, bean bag toss, a watermelon seed spitting contest and a tug-of-war game between department supervisors and staff members.

Mercy Home’s courtyard was decorated in Red, White, and Blue and featured a Christmas tree covered with American flags and “snowmen,” made of car tires painted white by children from the Eagle Lake summer recreation program.

Jennifer Hogan, Mercy Home activity coordinator, said staff enjoy holding events that encourage resident and family involvement. She expressed gratitude to the family members for being supportive of the home’s mission to provide care and happy memories to their loved ones.

“The more we do these events, the more we hear from residents, family members and staff about how excited they are to see what the next event holds in store for them,” Hogan said. “The family members always come to me after an event and say thank you. Sometimes it’s hard for them to bring their loved one home, so this is the opportunity to share lasting memories.”

Northern Maine General is a nonprofit social service organization serving individuals throughout Aroostook County from locations in Eagle Lake and Caribou. For more information, call (207) 444-5152 or visit or

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