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Longtime local resident Kathleen Foster found last week that sometimes “all you have to do is ask.”
Especially if it means brightening the holiday for those living at Monticello’s long-term care facilities.
Last week, Foster decided it would be nice for some elderly residents to have the chance to see the live nativity being organized by Christ Lutheran Church. When she called Monticello Bus Service about chartering a bus, a 55-passenger vehicle and drive were donated on the spot.
But the holiday spirit was not close to concluding. As Foster checked around, she was also able to get donations of cookies, hot chocolate, yearly planners, gasoline for the bus, pens, apples, and other items, some of which ended up in goodie bags for the 48 who rode the bus through the live nativity this past Saturday evening
“I am truly amazed,” said Foster, who organized the trip within in just a day. “I kept thinking it was done, but people just kept jumping on board.”
That included volunteers who helped participants get on and off the bus. On the way to the live nativity the bus also toured some of the brighter holiday lights in Monticello.
“It started out just as an idea, but that’s how these things sometimes work,” added Foster.
“Can there be any better way for something like this to happen?”