Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog
The Giving Tree

Giving and Enjoying Holiday Events at Castlewood

An important part of the recovery process for clients is learning and relearning the pleasures that are found in giving back, and in in enjoying the small intangible gifts of life.  This holiday season brought two opportunities for clients. Clients and counselors at Castlewood took part in the Giving Tree program through the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. The Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and provides emergency intervention, respite care, and support to families in crisis. Salicia Young, Castlewood’s Art Therapist & Direct Care Supervisor, along with Castlewood’s Direct Care Counselor Ashley Kearbey, contacted the St. Louis Crisis Nursery for a list of Christmas Wishes from children in the Crisis Nursery’s care during the holiday season. Salicia and Ashley worked with Castlewood’s clients to create paper holiday ornaments decorated with each child’s name, and with the gift item each child wanted. These lovingly created ornaments were hung on Castlewood’s beautiful Christmas tree in the treatment center. Castlewood clients offered to give up one of their paid outings (an outing that is paid for by Castlewood, and provides a fun event for clients), and instead use the money to buy gifts for the children on the Giving Tree. Clients also used their own money to make sure that the children’s wishes on the Giving Tree came true. Staff also chose ornaments and provided gifts for children at the Crisis Nursery. Castlewood staff and clients were able to purchase, wrap, and deliver fifty gifts for fifty needy children! On Christmas Day, clients at Castlewood had the opportunity to enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through stunning Tilles Park’s Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland has been an annual event for nearly 30 years. Tilles Park is ablaze with Christmas lights and decorations, and visitors can drive, walk, or take a horse drawn carriage each evening to enjoy the festive display. Castlewood was pleased to offer this chance for some festive holiday cheer to clients who are working so diligently to reach recovery.