Mary Gomez

Mary Gomez, a resident at Wooldridge Place Nursing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, is excited that her artwork is now being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.


Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. A total of eight designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout the company.


Gomez’s snowman design is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Texas.


“I still can’t believe I won,” said Gomez. “I’ve never been much of an artist, but Gloria, our activities director, encouraged me, and I tried it, and I enjoyed it.”


Gomez, who has lived at Wooldridge Place for six years, is the president of the Resident Council and stays active. She helps with the reading of the rosary in Spanish and loves to participate in any art activity.


When she was asked what she enjoys most about Christmas, she said, “getting together with my family, and all the activities that come here to Wooldridge Place during the holidays.”

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