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The holiday season is off to a great start here at Somerset Family Physical Therapy. The team is gearing up for our third annual pumpkin-decorating competition. If you weren’t able to see our pumpkins from previous years, let me give a little backstory on this contest, which has proven to be a great source of fun for us and real entertainment for all our patients. The competition starts when I distribute a pumpkin to each of our team members the first week of October. We take the pumpkins home, paint them, glue decorations, and sprinkle glitter. Then we bring them back in and let the patients vote for their favorite one. Our receptionist, Megan, tallies the votes. Once a winner is declared, we gather up a list of all the patients who picked the winner, put their names in a bucket, and draw a name to determine who receives a prize. Last year, I remember that a pumpkin cleverly disguised as a scarecrow took home first place. I always participate in the pumpkin-decorating competition at the office, but my talents are truly tested when I carve them at home with my family. When our kids were younger, my wife and I would take them to the pumpkin patch for trick-or-treating. Now that they are older, we all head to Frightfest at Six Flags and then have a carving contest at home. Usually, my daughter, Shannon, will end up with the craziest or most elaborate design, but sometimes I am able to sneak up on her and steal the victory. While we don’t take the kids through the neighborhood in their costumes anymore, I still get to dress up with my coworkers on Halloween day. Last year, I came to work as a referee, Megan came as Snow White, and Colleen came in as the Evil Witch from Snow White. The year before, we coordinated M&M costumes. That being said, I wore my absolute favorite costume years and years ago. My Let’s Fall Into Fall PUMPKINS, COSTUMES, AND FUN OFFICE EVENTS
wife (who was my new girlfriend at the time) and I decided to go as Popeye and Olive Oyl, and we won third place in the costume competition. I’ll have to see if we still have those costumes tucked away in a closet somewhere. In addition to our Halloween festivities, I want to thank all of our patients for their generous donations to our third annual Operation Shoebox. With over 200 items donated to deployed troops worldwide, our team was able to send several boxes of needed travel-size toiletry products and snacks. Thank you again for your continued support in this endeavor! We will also be doing our third annual Toys for Tots, an event that helps give children in the community presents to open on Christmas. If you want to participate, you can purchase a gift for a child of any age (infants to teenagers) and bring it to our office to be placed under our tree. Because the Toys for Tots volunteers need to be able to see what the gift is in order to give it to the intended child, we do ask that you leave the gifts unwrapped. We will be accepting gifts from Nov. 1 through Dec. 12. If you have any questions about these upcoming office events, or if you are interested in helping either Operation Shoebox or Toys for Tots in a capacity beyond donating items to our clinic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information about how you can volunteer with these organizations. You can call our office at 732- 356-5363, or you can find us on Facebook!
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