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Senior citizens give back to their community

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

There are many groups that have given to senior citizens this holiday season from a fourth grade class at Friendship Christian School to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s SCAN program, but one group of senior citizens, however, has given back to the community that does so much for them.

This past Friday, residents at Hearthside at Castle Heights, an assisted-living facility in Lebanon, took part in a program they have been a part of for the past three years. They have “adopted” the Foster Parents Association of Wilson and Trousdale Counties and give items they need two times a year.

There are more than 150 foster children in Wilson and Trousdale Counties and they are taken in with only the clothes on their backs. Sometimes the foster parents have trouble providing for them so the association collects clothes and other items that are donated in case a family needs them.

In July, before the school year starts, the Hearthside residents fill 45 backpacks full of school supplies. For the past three years at Christmas, the residents have collected different items – socks one year, baby items the next – and this year they gave toiletries for older children like deodorant, body wash, toothbrushes, etc.

Hearthside Director Robert Springer said that the residents either give money to be spent on the items, have their family members pick the items up, or shop for the items themselves. They bring them back and place them in a box for the association.

This past Friday, the association came and collected the items. Springer said they were very appreciative of the residents’ efforts to help them.

“This project lets our residents give back to a community who does so much for them,” Springer said. “They have really latched onto these kids.”

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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