A Feel Good Friday thank you for a modern day Patch Adams

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EastIdahoNews.com and Ashley Furniture HomeStore are teaming up every week to bring you some good news during Feel Good Friday!

We want to surprise people in our community with random acts of kindness and leave you feeling good.

We recently received this email:

The best way to describe Denise Mickelsen is the modern day Patch Adams. She is the activity assistant at Gem Village Assisted Living in Blackfoot.

Normally when you think of activities at an assisted living facility you think about someone just spending all their time calling Bingo numbers. But Denise takes her job a whole new level. Everyday she dresses up in a new costume, she paints their fingernails (and faces), takes them fishing and does whatever she needs to do to put a smile on their face. Residents that have completely given up have found a sense of renewal because of Denise.

There is a reason why they say laughter is the best medicine. I genuinely feel that not only does she add to the quality of resident lives but the joy she brings to them has added years on to their lives as well. The residents have commented on several occasions how they looked forward everyday to see what Denise will be wearing and absolutely loves spending time with her.

She is a single mother raising two kids and doing a fantastic job. She is a the perfect candidate for a Feel Good Friday.

We agreed and surprised Denise at work this week. And, as we were about to leave, one of the residents shared some advice that all of us can take to heart.

If you have a Feel Good Friday idea, please email nate.eaton@eastidahonews.com.

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