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Residents box lunch for homeless

March 19, 2001

Residents box lunch for homeless

Photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

box lunchesNinety-year-old Mary Harris says she stays young by helping others.

"I like to do things for other people. I have no time to get in trouble," said Harris, a resident of Loyalton assisted living center near Robinwood.

This week Harris and about nine other residents at Loyalton are volunteering their time packing lunches for the Cold Weather Shelter run by the Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless, or REACH.

"It keeps me busy," said Harris.

Loyalton was asked to prepare 30 to 40 lunches per day for the week, said Marketing Director Susan Murray. The lunches consist of a sandwich, fruit and chips or pretzels.

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The assisted living center kitchen staff makes the meals and the residents pack the food in boxes assembly-line style, said Murray who then delivers the food.

Such activities help the residents to feel they are still part of the community, said William Plavcan Jr. community director for Loyalton which opened in December 1999.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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