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Family spreads holiday cheer by donating Christmas trees to Primrose residents

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 19:36:27-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV) - The pandemic has left many feeling isolated, especially those in assisted living centers. At Primrose Retirement in Council Bluffs, one resident can't see her family for the holidays. But her family is finding one creative, heartwarming way to make up for it.

Barb Kallesen is a resident at Primrose Retirement Community in Council Bluffs. Her family is trying to find a way to bring light during a trying time.

"I decided that we would donate trees to all the residents here at Primrose - and I have a daughter that teaches out at Treynor," Lisa Chambers, her daughter, said. "I called her and she said she could get the kids out there to do the decorating."

Treynor School students unloaded the trees to deliver to Primrose.

"Trying to keep her spirits up has been hard since March," Chambers said.

It's just another good deed that shows Kallesen how much her family loves her.

"We've been able to visit with her through the window, the grandkids have come and drawn pictures on her window and done some of that," Chambers said.

After all, Christmas is only Christmas when we are together and not apart.

"Even though it's not our typical Christmas, it's still a time to celebrate," Mallory White, her granddaughter said.

Treynor students delivered 54 trees to Primrose residents.