COLLINSVILLE, Oklahoma - Residents at a Green Country nursing home got a special surprise on Christmas Eve! 

Cowboy Ministries stopped by North Country Nursing and Rehabilitation in Collinsville to put on a concert, serve a meal and just to make the residents smile.

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but for some it can be lonely when you don't have someone to celebrate with. So, one Green Country group, looked to bring smiles, laughter, and dancing to those who needed it most.

"It’s just gotten bigger and better every year," said Rob Pearson, Founder of Cowboy Ministries.

Pearson says he started Cowboy Ministries after his father passed away. He says they loved playing music together, so he continues to carry on the tradition with his band and his therapy horse Shorty.

“Our reactions from them, that’s what makes it all worthwhile,” said Pearson.

Karen Rogers had to have her leg amputated a few years ago, but she doesn't let that stop her from dancing and humming along to her favorite songs by Elvis Presley!

“I'm in love with that man! He was one fine man,” said Rogers.

Rogers says she's thankful she gets to spend Christmas with her family, but some of her friends at the center aren't as lucky.

“They tell me hurtful stories that makes me cry, because you know they want to be with their families too,” said Rogers.

As for the band, they say it's all about giving back to their local heroes who may not get any other visitors this holiday season.

“These guys, they come before us they paved the way. And as you can see, a lot of them could be home with their families but they're not. So, we bring the party to them,” said Pearson.

The residents also had a catered BBQ meal and received a free blanket.

Click here if you would like to learn more about The Cowboy Ministries and their mission.