Just in time for Easter, residents at Lagniappe Nursing Home got a special treat last Friday.

Alyssa Dismuke, a fourth grade student at Morehouse Magnet School, visits Lagniappe Nursing Home several times a year usually around holidays and each time brings all of the residents a small gift usually centered around that holiday. Last Friday, Dismuke handed out 97 flowers that she made from pipe cleaner. Attached to the flowers were wooden crosses made from popsicle sticks with the words “He lives” written on them. She also gave out bags of pretzels for the residents who could have them.

“I'm glad to visit with them,” Dismuke said. “Especially the ones who don't have family.”

Dismuke is a member of Ivory Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and views these trips as a type of ministry. This year marks her sixth year visiting the nursing home.

According to Dismuke's mother, Adrin Dismuke, this all started when her daughter was 4-years-old.

“It was her first time visiting the nursing home, and she wanted to bring everyone a gift,” Adrian Dismuke said. “So we started making gifts every month for the residents and spending two to three hours visiting with them.”

“[Alyssa Dismuke] is very outstanding,” Activities Director Kate McLendon said. “Every holiday she brings a special prize or token for every resident, and all of the residents love her dearly. We're lucky to have her. We are so fortunate to have a large group of volunteers. We appreciate all of those who come out and contribute to the activities program of Lagniappe Healthcare.”