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Spreading God's Love with our Residents


December 19, 2021
Words cannot express how thankful we are at Canterbury for Sandy Cross and her husband, Rodney Cross, from The Gospel Spirits. They have been coming to our facility for many years to pray, sing and preach God's word for our residents. Every Christmas, they donate money to the Activity Department so our residents have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. They are a crucial part of our Canterbury Family.

Rodney Cross started the Gospel Spirits 30 years ago. He has always felt a strong connection to help the local nursing homes. He noticed a need to have church brought to the nursing homes and filled that demand. Rodney also started donating items and his time to these homes because he saw residents who didn't have a family and he didn't want them missing out on the Christmas festivities.

Rodney's group sings at small churches throughout the area while collecting donations. They save all year and spread the love throughout the community. Rodney says, "I want everyone to have a present. It's just not right if they don't. I wanted to make sure that never happened."



Rodney's wife, Sandy, has been a major part of his philanthropic outreach and efforts. They got married 17 years ago and she has been traveling with the groups, singing and being a support for our loved ones ever since.

The Gospel Spirits started singing at Canterbury when Rodney's sister became a resident here and he has been coming ever since!

When asked why Rodney likes coming to Canterbury, he said, "We can feel the spirit in that place. Your residents clap their hands, sing and praise! They actually worship right along with us."

Canterbury Villa is blessed to have The Gospel Spirits in our facility and active in our community. Merry Christmas to Rodney and Sandy from everyone here!

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