The holiday season is a time of celebration and a chance to reconnect with family and friends, but it can also be a difficult time for our survivors at the Vida Home. For Jordan, the prospect of another Christmas without her family filled her with dread and sadness. But as we sat around the dining table decorating our gingerbread houses with spice drops and M&M’s and singing our favorite Christmas carols, Jordan felt she finally had a holiday to look forward to.
Making gingerbread houses was only one of the many activities at FAIR Girls planned for the survivor residents during the holidays. Staff and survivors worked together to decorate the Vida Home, including decorating the Christmas tree with lights and candy canes, making homemade ornaments, baking sugar cookies, and hanging Christmas stockings.
On Christmas Eve, the survivors had a movie night in the Vida Home where they spent the night together. As the clock struck twelve, they all rushed over to the Christmas tree and were in awe as they ripped open their presents. Jordan was ecstatic to finally have a blow dryer of her own. Vanessa, who has been going through a difficult time, couldn't wait to use her new weighted blanket. And when Kisha saw she had all received a tablet, she quietly remarked “I have always had difficulty reading. Now with this tablet, I can read along with the audio.” On Christmas morning FAIR Girls staff celebrated with survivors a joyous holiday brunch.