BURLINGTON — Rad Santa visited HomePlace Memory Care on Saturday.

Matt Usyk was draped in the Rad Santa attire as he entered the assisted living facility. His outfit included a red leather robe, a long gray beard and a faux-fur Santa hat.

Usyk was joined by a chorus of carolers, also known as his nieces.

HomePlace employees escorted Usyk to four lobbies throughout the facility, a Christmas tree at each one, where residents gathered to receive their gifts from Rad Santa.

Usyk and staff members called out names on the brightly colored gift wrap and handed the residents their gifts.

Gloria Ganfors received a black scarf with a winter design and a matching beanie. She said Rad Santa was an unexpected surprise.

“I haven’t had a Christmas present in years,” she said.

The carolers sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and other Christmas songs in the courtyard.

They followed Usyk and staff around to each room, standing outside to sing so residents could enjoy the carols through the windows.

Wendy Martin, executive director of HomePlace, said staff members selected the gifts for the residents. Each employee drew one to three names from a hat.

The employees work closely with the residents and develop strong relationships, Martin said. They knew which gifts each resident would like.

Reporter Maddie Smith 360-416-2139, msmith@skagitpublishing.com

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