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December 2021 | Issue 11
The Holidays: A Time for Joy, Love & Reflection
Remembering those we've lost in 2021
As we gather and celebrate this month, let us remember that the holidays are a time for reflection and celebrating the lives of those we've lost.

ABC Home Healthcare Professionals has had the pleasure of caring for countless seniors over the years across the Metro Boston, North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley communities. However, with such pleasure comes pain and heartbreak when we lose clients of ours who've truly become our extended family and mean so much to us.

So as we wish all of our clients, friends and families a happy holiday season, we would like to cheers to those who are no longer with us but forever in our hearts.

Warmest wishes to all for a safe and healthy holiday!
Tinsel, Tips & Tricks
Beware of Online Scams! Don't let hackers take you for a "sleigh ride"

Tis not only the season for shopping but for scamming as well!

An Experian report from November 2020 stated that nearly 1 in 4 Americans fall victim to fraud during the holidays- this is a strikingly large number and could happen to any one of us!

Online banking, similar to online shopping, has become increasingly popular across all generations and this has become a prime target for hackers and scammers. Many hackers and scammers will try to obtain sensitive personal information from unsuspecting victims by sending fraudulent emails that appear to look legitimate. This is called "phishing." It can be difficult to tell a fraudulent email from a legitimate one from a trusted organization.

Reference the graphic below for tips on how to keep yourself "off the hook" from scam emails.
The above is a helpful tool provided courtesy of The Savings Bank
Peace of Mind:
The Greatest Gift of All
Visiting family and friends over the holidays?

If so, please pay close attention to your loved ones and those dearest to you. Many things change over the course of a year- especially people's needs!

ABC can help you or your loved one remain living safely and independently at home for as little as 3 hours a week to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- it's the peace of mind that you just can't put a price tag on!
Supporting the Communities We Serve
Pictured above are ABC's Michelle McNall, Business Development Manager, and Christine Sheehan, Marketing Manager at the last Project Uplift Pop-Up Store in December 2019 (see photo of the store below).
Whether a senior in need or a child, ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is committed to making a difference!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many holiday traditions over the past couple of years...especially Action's Project Uplift!

Action's Project Uplift Holiday Toy & Clothing Drive has helped make the season brighter for many children and families throughout Cape Ann. For many years, ABC employees, Michelle McNall and Christine Sheehan, would volunteer their time at the Action Project Uplift "seasonal, pop-up holiday store" in Downtown Gloucester. Not only would Michelle & Christine deliver unwrapped toys and clothes collected but they would suit up as the "Project Uplift elves" and help each eligible family with their holiday shopping experience at the store. This is one of our most beloved holiday traditions and we would like to say a special thank you to the folks at Action Inc. for organizing this wonderful effort and for their ongoing commitment to the Cape Ann communities.

While sadly the store will not be making its return this year due to ongoing COVID concerns and restrictions, you can still help make a difference for a child in need!

The Fun Stuff

Ready to Play?

Michelle at ABC has come up with a list of some holiday phrases that come top of mind. Fill this out and see how many phrases you match up with Michelle's!

Fun With Words

We love 'em, we sing 'em but can you unscramble 'em?

Let the fun begin unscrambling these classic holiday jingles!

Appe-"teasers" are everyone's favorite!
Whether you're bringing something to a holiday party, you've been invited to a social gathering of sorts or if you just want to have a delicious snack on hand, these tasty ham and cheese pinwheels are a quick and easy go-to that you are sure to love!

You will need the following:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package, thawed)
  • 3 tbsp. Dijon
  • 4 oz thinly sliced deli ham of your choice
  • 4 oz Gruyere cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray