Carol Miranda poses for a photo by the tree she decorated at People Inc. Willow Senior Living.
If you visit People Inc. Willow Senior Living in Wheatfield, you will see a beautiful tree and decorations on the third floor.
Carol Miranda, who has been a tenant of People Inc. Willow Senior Living for six years, takes pleasure in decorating the vestibule area year-round to match the seasons and holidays.
Prior to moving to Willow, Miranda lived in Williamsville and had a tree she decorated year-round. Now, she happily decorates two: one small tabletop tree for her apartment and a larger tree for fellow tenants and visitors to enjoy.
When asked why she does it, Miranda simply said it makes her happy to decorate and even happier when others find joy in the various scenes.
Miranda also adds accessories to two plush bears and an old-fashioned doll to go with the tree theme. Throughout the year, she collects various decorations at yard sales and thrift shops for the tree and bears, such as hearts for Valentine's Day; red, white and blue trinkets for May through July; beach-themed items for August; team colors for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres for September; and Halloween and Thanksgiving décor for the fall months.
While not decorating, Miranda enjoys the group outings she and fellow tenants take, such as trips to Vidler's in East Aurora and The Silo Restaurant in Lewiston.
"I truly like living here," Miranda said. "People are friendly and the staff are so good and helpful when needed."
The tree also becomes a point of interest when people tour the site.
"Many people comment positively and it makes them feel like this is a nice place to live, because tenants are involved in the site and take the time to do special things," said Charlene Johnson, manager of People Inc. Willow Senior Living. "It is also a fan favorite of many grandchildren who visit their grandparents."
For more information about People Inc. Willow Senior Living, call 716-817-9090.