Ashley smiles as nursing students from Thomas Nelson Community College sing “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer and other classic holiday songs in her classroom at St. Mary’s Home.

First, they took their finals. Then, they came to St. Mary’s Home to spread some holiday cheer. And of course, they brought Santa with them.

Santa and Amonte.

A group of nursing students from Thomas Nelson Community College finished their final exams this morning, then dropped by the Home to bring presents for the children — and candy canes and chocolates for the nursing staff. They also visited with children in the classrooms and sang Christmas songs.

The nursing students (including Santa) were already familiar with St. Mary’s, having done clinical rotations at the Home. Their holiday visit continues an annual tradition started by Thomas Nelson nursing students in the late 1990s.

“This is something very, very generous for the students to do,” said Susan Kok, St. Mary’s director of staff development, who welcomed the group back to the Home today.

The Thomas Nelson nursing students with Marilou Wilder, far left, and Susan Kok, far right, from St. Mary’s staff.

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