VALDOSTA -- Residents of Lakehaven Health and Rehabilitation center on Northside Drive were showered with handmade gifts Monday.

Addie Lee Rountree, center resident, received a lap blanket to keep her legs warm while she reads a book, watches television or simply daydreams.

"I am really enjoying it," Rountree said as she sat on the couch in the front lobby of the center gazing out the window.

Members of the Quilting Group and Weaving Fingers Group from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Senior Citizens Center crocheted "footies" and quilted pillows, lap throws, and a bed spread for the residents.

Lakehaven has 88 residents and a capacity for 90.

"We thought this would be a good way to give back to the community," said Tracy Quarles, coordinator. "We chose to give these things to the nursing home residents because many of them don't have any family members or visitors."

Quarles' group started the three-phased project in March, completing phase one last week. They are now working on their second set of items, which are scheduled to be delivered to Holly Hill Nursing Home on Pendleton Place. Residents of Crestwood Nursing Home on Pendleton Place will be the recipients of the third and final set of items.

The senior citizens center, which is for those individuals over 50, is a division of the Valdosta-Lowndes Recreation, Parks, and Community Affairs Department. The senior center has over 600 members, with 300 attending regular weekly activities.

For information on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Senior Citizens Center, please call 259-5469.

For information about programs offered by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Recreation, Parks, and Community Affairs Department, please call 259-3507.



To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.



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