CHILDRESS, TX (KFDA) - What was supposed to be a door decorating contest has turned into much more for residents at a nursing home in Childress.
It started a few weeks ago when the activity director at Childress Healthcare Center encouraged the staff to get into the holiday spirit.
The staff split up the halls between several different shifts and began decorating the home in a friendly competition.
While some groups just decorated resident doors, one group did a little bit more.
"We decided, 'Why not just do the whole hall in a gingerbread house?'," said Nurses Aide Reynalda Juarez. "So, we all pitched in $20 for supplies and it just went from there."
Juarez said her team of eight was made of overachievers, and that's how 600 Gingerbread Ln., an entire hallway devoted to Christmas spirit, was born.
The group devoted countless hours to creating handmade decorations and spent about $300 decking the halls, but Juarez said it was all worth it.
"It was all worth it, it was done with love!"
She said when they began making the gingerbread, residents were quickly filled with holiday cheer and were grinning from ear to ear.
"The look on (their) faces when they saw the beginning... Oh man, it was priceless," Juarez said. "They loved their gingerbread men on their doors!"
The contest ended on Dec. 14 and the winner will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 18. Juarez said it's not about winning or losing but bringing joy to the residents.
"The contest doesn't mean anything to us anymore," Juarez said. "We are just happy that our residents enjoy their hall decorated. They roll down the hall smiling and talking about how pretty everything looks."