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Santa looks a lot like you!

Wow, Nathan! Did you know Santa looks a lot like you?

How do we know that? Because we happen to know a lot about Santa Claus. He inspires us to believe in goodness and see the potential in all people. He motivates us to achieve the unachievable. He embodies cheerfulness and generosity. He is the essence of the holiday spirit. We see the same virtues in our friends of DakotAbilities. So proudly wear your Santa coat. You look great in it!


A Monumental Christmas

The Community Support Providers of South Dakota were invited to prepare a tree for Christmas in the Capitol in Pierre. Agencies that serve people with disabilities statewide were asked to make ornaments for the tree. The Day Services program at DakotAbilities had a great time making 16 blue ornaments and are proud having them on display. If you are in Pierre between now and Christmas Day, visit the Capitol and experience the rotunda and hallways filled with decorated trees. (Our tree is just down from Governor Daugaard's office.) DakotAbilities would like to thank Oahe, Inc. in Pierre for doing the actual decorating on behalf of all our state's Community Support Providers.


Turning Passion Into Profit



Here is how Mandy describes herself: "I am a daughter, twin sister, aunt, friend, coworker, and artist." From the moment she had her first painting session, she knew that she had found her passion. She says it is very fulfilling to express herself through painting. This year, Mandy took her passion one step further. With the help of her art teacher, Connie, she created six holiday paintings using acrylic on canvas. She then had a printer make them into greeting cards that were packaged and sold to DakotAbilities staff. Mandy now has some serious cash for Christmas shopping. She included a small note inside each card. One said, "Do one thing that makes you happy". Mandy clearly follows her own advice. To learn more about Mandy visit her website here.


Forget the Griswold House in Christmas Vacation.
It's the DakotAbilities Annual Decorating Contest!



Move over Clark Griswold. You may have met your match. The DakotAbilities' residential homes and rooms at Longfellow Center are challenged to a holiday decorating contest. Working together, staff and people we serve will design and decorate their home or area. Each entry will be judged on a point system for first impression, design, and creativity. Judging will be on December 21 by administrative staff and board members. (A secret, but well-known message has been leaked that the judges do take bribes of holiday cookies and candies into account when making their decisions.) The winners will receive a pizza party.



The holidays are too much fun to celebrate for just one or two days. We want to emphasize our gratitude to each and every direct support professional, service coordinator, nurse, physical therapist, and dietary worker so we will be celebrating 12 days in a row. Every day a name will be drawn and the winner will receive a gift of their choice. It is unclear at this time if the gifts will include things leaping, piping, dancing, swimming, milking or laying. Those 12 days will also include an ugly sweater contest, a food drive to give back to our community, and a cookie exchange.


What Is Your Favorite Gift?


What one gift have you received that means the most to you? It is a much harder question than it first appears to be and will probably require some thought. Let us know what that gift is, why it is important to you, and have you, in-turn, given a similar gift to someone else? Send us your answer at


Mark Your Christmas Calendar


Our 4th stage presentation will be Thursday, December 21 at 1:00 PM. Theater productions are a popular part of our Meaningful Day activities. The first was a year ago and was a huge hit for both the actors and the audience. The empowerment that the actors we serve experience by being in a play goes beyond most theater groups. Nearly 85% of the people we support are nonverbal and plays are all about communicating. The solution is that they use speech devices called switches. Switches are programmable and can deliver any message with the touch of a button. Being in a play is a gift of confidence and communication for our actors. Be part of the audience that gets to witness an experience that transforms lives. Meaningful Day activities are only possible through the generosity of grant makers, companies, and individuals who support it.


Our Heartfelt Gift to You.



Click above to hear Tori Amos express our wish for you this holiday.


Part of giving is how good it feels. And part of giving is knowing good things happen because of your gift. If you could give someone the gift of joy, independence, fulfillment, confidence, or acceptance, you would, right? Those are precisely what your donations to DakotAbilities provide for people we serve. You are giving Meaningful Days. You are giving experiences and opportunities that enhance lives. This year when you hang up your Santa coat (if you do!), feel good about the magic you bring to lives. Thank you for remembering the people of DakotAbilities when spreading your cheer. Click on the ribbon below to make your gift.


Click here to spread your cheer!



Thank you, Nathan!
Have a magical, wondrous, and memorable holiday season!





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