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Highline Place, Shiloh House unite to decorate stockings

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By Deborah Swearingen

There was glitter, glue and sequins galore last Thursday as two generations joined forces for a holiday celebration.

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Highline Place residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s and kids from Shiloh House, a nonprofit organization based in Littleton that provides therapeutic and educational services to youth and families affected by abuse, came together to decorate Christmas stockings. Once decorated, the stockings were filled with items collected by Highline Place residents and the community and will be donated to approximately 60 children at Shiloh House residences later in December.

“Bringing the generations together at the holiday is huge,” said Jodi Cornman, community relations director at the Littleton memory care facility. “And you know, just to be able to do something that’s worthwhile has really touched all of our hearts.”

The significance of the event wasn’t lost on resident Nancy Anthes. Her eyes welled with tears when she realized what the Shiloh House does for kids in need.

“That makes me cry,” Anthes said, remembering how fortunate her children were.

“My kids had everything they wanted.”

Although Highline Place often hosts intergenerational events, this was its first time partnering with Shiloh House. Anna Miller, who works with Shiloh, said events such as the one last Thursday teach valuable lessons.

“It’s great,” she said. “The community is so generous with us. … To teach the kids to give back is a very valuable lesson.”

Levi, a 12-year-old resident at Shiloh House, said he was excited when he found out he would have a chance to visit Highline Place and decorate stockings. Surrounded by green and red decorations, he chatted openly with Highline Place residents.

“I really like to work with other people,” he said. “ … I think it helps me a lot.”

Smiles spread across the faces of all in attendance at the event, and many quickly formed new friendships, sharing a laugh, kind word or a handshake.

Linda Sloan, Highline Place memory care manager, looked out with a sense of pride as young and old mingled with ease.

Spending time with a different generation allows Highline Place residents to feel normal, she said.

“It’s a time to not feel less,” Sloan added.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.