Show local seniors that you care


Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2005 at 10:27 p.m.
Cynthia Mingo directs religious education at Mount Olive AME Church in southeast Gainesville. Over the Christmas holidays, Mingo says the children of her church visited the congregation's shut-ins.
"Since they couldn't come to the Christmas program, we took it to them," Mingo said, describing how the kids performed their recitations and songs right in people's living rooms.
"You should have seen their faces!" said Mingo. "The kids loved it, and the seniors did, too."
The kids gave the elders handmade Christmas cards and cans of chicken noodle soup.
"It was real rewarding," Mingo said. The very young and the very old are meant to be together.
Valentine's Day is the perfect day to celebrate love for all mankind, not just for our immediate families. Why not get your kids and their friends together, set out some art supplies (watercolors, glue, glitter, markers, scissors, heart-shaped stickers), and have them make hand-made Valentine cards for seniors? Write: "Happy Valentine's Day. Someone loves you!" inside.
Your kids can deliver the cards and perhaps some homemade, heart-shaped cookies to elders at their church or a nearby nursing home. Schedule your visit for Sunday, Feb. 13, if you're too busy to make the trip on a weekday.
Call Steve Blay at Friends Across the Ages, a volunteer organization that networks nursing-home volunteers, if you need help choosing a venue for delivering your cards. Blay can be reached at 335-0655.
-Julie Garrett

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