The snowman in the courtyard

On Jan. 10, 2016, the Northwest turned a fluffy white as a blanket of snow covered the ground, including the courtyard at Life Care Center of Post Falls, Idaho.


Aaron King, a certified nursing assistant, noticed that the fallen snow was untouched by footsteps or other activity. He seized the opportunity to bring cheer to a resident. After stopping at the kitchen for carrots and celery, and at central supply for a hat and gloves, he headed out to work on the snowman.


“The resident watched with joy as she laughed and pointed,” said Sheri Koch, director of rehab services, “showing her great-granddaughter the funny sight on a blizzard night.”


When the resident went to dinner that night, King made a smaller snowman in the resident’s window so she would have her own personal snowman.


“Thank you, Aaron, for stopping to play and for making our residents smile and laugh,” said Koch.