Martha Kline, a resident at Heritage Healthcare in West Lafayette, Indiana, is proud 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.
Kline’s mixed media design of a snowman in a snowy landscape is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
“I was shocked that I won,” said Kline. “And then it felt good. I won the in-house contest last year, and our activity director said she expected even more this year, so I made this one.”
Kline loves to do arts and crafts as part of the activities at the center, as well as on her own. She collects different materials, and for the winning card, she used leftover wallpaper samples.
When she was asked what she loves about Christmas, Kline said, “I’m all about the traditions and family.”