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Making a Difference: The Snowflake Ball

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After the music gets going, there are very few wallflowers in the crowd. The kids who sang and the volunteers who came to serve tables join in with the honored guests and hit the dance floor and everybody seems to have a good time. After the music gets going, there are very few wallflowers in the crowd. The kids who sang and the volunteers who came to serve tables join in with the honored guests and hit the dance floor and everybody seems to have a good time.
I figured they all came to somehow rediscover their lost youth. But just watching, it occurred to me that they never lost their youth. They just got older. I figured they all came to somehow rediscover their lost youth. But just watching, it occurred to me that they never lost their youth. They just got older.
The choir from North Shore School greets them at the door. And that's just the beginning of an afternoon of delight. The choir from North Shore School greets them at the door. And that's just the beginning of an afternoon of delight.
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The holidays are a tough time to be alone, especially in a nursing home or similar facility. So thirty years ago the Snowflake Ball was created just for such folks. And it is still going on today.

It is a brisk December afternoon at Northwest Rankin High School's Performing Arts Building. For a while now, vans and buses have been rolling up and people have been rolling out for the annual Snowflake Ball.

The choir from North Shore School greets them at the door. And that's just the beginning of an afternoon of delight. There's not another holiday celebration like it.

The Snowflake Ball began in 1983," said Sharon Clark of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. "Governor Bill Allain, a few interested people in the division of aging and adult services, got together to try to create something that would enhance the lives of residents that were in long term care. This year we are having our 30th anniversary of the Snowflake Ball. And I started out volunteering to be the chairman because I thought it would enhance the lives of, you know, make things better for people in nursing homes. And what I ended up doing was changing my life more than I changed theirs. It's a fabulous event."

After the music gets going, there are very few wallflowers in the crowd. The kids who sang and the volunteers who came to serve tables join in with the honored guests and hit the dance floor and everybody seems to have a good time.

"There is a time of fellowship, there's food, there's dancing," said Clark. "It's a chance for them to realize that people still care about them and it gives them time to enjoy the Christmas spirit they might not get, like the rest of us do who have families in our lives every day."

I made a discovery while watching the attendees of the Snowflake Ball. I figured they all came to somehow rediscover their lost youth. But just watching, it occurred to me that they never lost their youth. They just got older.

And its nice that the snowflake ball, for thirty years now, has been giving the most deserving among us, those who have lived and put up with life the longest, the chance to let the kid in them out for a little while at Christmas time.

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