BANGOR – There were some special visitors Wednesday at the Phillips Strickland House, an assisted living facility on Boyd Street.
Some of the visitors were children and one of them was a portly gentleman with a long white beard and a bright red suit trimmed with fur.
Local toddlers come to visit residents of the Phillips Strickland House every Wednesday morning as part of their Honorary Grandparents Program.
“We usually do a craft, read a book with our friends and they just visit with each other and have a great time. There’s lots of laughs and hugs,” said Samantha Hayes, organizer of the program.
Participants said it’s a win-win situation.
“I think it’s great because for my son anyway we don’t have any older generation that live near us so it’s great to have that interaction. There’s a lot of residents, too, who they don’t get to see their younger family members either,” a parent said.
On Wednesday, Santa delighted everyone by paying a visit.
The program started a couple years ago. Organizers said it has grown to include some older home-schooled children who are now attending. They said everyone looks forward to those visits.