Senior centers make holiday cards for soldiers

TUPELO – Two senior citizen groups want to make sure that soldiers from the 155th get a slice of home for the holidays.
The Marathoners of Inspirational Community Baptist Church and the Sprinters of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church are making hundreds of holiday cards to send to Iraq for the soldiers. Mablean Grigsby, director of the Marathoners, said the senior citizen groups are ways for seniors to stay busy and give back to the community, and making the greeting cards for the soldiers has been a good way to do that.
“We really enjoy working together and especially when it’s for a good cause,” said Grigsby. “This way we get to work together and fellowship and we get to send our soldiers a little piece of home for the holidays.”
The Marathoners started working on their cards Thursday and the Sprinters have already completed more than 100.
Lift Inc. Director Dorothy Leasy said Lift supports both groups through craft workshops they can participate in.
“We at Lift encourage churches and other places to open up senior citizens centers so our elderly can have something to do,” Leasy said. “They still are a very valuable asset to the community and they still have a lot to offer. The soldiers will be happy to get a piece of home from Tupelo and without these two groups that would not be possible.”
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