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Care provider offers a little special kindness

December 22, 2000

Care provider offers a little special kindness



Editor's note: This is the 11th in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


STATE LINE, Pa. - Diane Marks knows what it's like to be aged, poor and to be living in a personal care home. She owns one.

Every day she sees the need for a little special kindness to be shown the poorest of the residents at her Morning Glory Personal Care Home in State Line, Pa. - those who are so old they've outlived family and friends, The ones that state and federal government programs support on a minimal basis.

Those residents never have enough money to buy simple articles of clothing, denture-cleaning supplies, toothpaste and toiletries, brushes and combs, candy and snacks or little collectibles - the things that make life more pleasant, Marks said.

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This year, she decided to do something about it. She met with The Rev. Ed Higginbottom, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in State Line, a frequent visitor to Morning Glory residents, and the two came up with the idea of giving large, decorated Christmas bags filled with items needy residents will use and appreciate.

They called personal care homes in Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa., and came up with a list of about 25 residents. They called on area churches to ask their members to fill the bags.

"If people don't have any family support then they really get stretched trying to pay for some of these things," Marks said. "A new dress, a pair of warm knee socks or a package of snacks is a really big deal for some of these people," she said.

Marks said the bags will be delivered to the residents in four area personal care homes before Christmas.

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