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Sharing Warmth and Smiles

Pictured here are Rev. Edward O' Conner, a retired priest living at St. George Village, with a group of children from Queen of Angels Catholic School at the blessing of the Linus blankets.

Recently, children from Queen of Angels Catholic School visited St. George Village to help make blankets for the Linus Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.

The children, 56 in all, came in groups on November 5, 6, 12 and 13. A dozen SGV residents, along with several of the mothers of the children, made a total of 68 blankets. After making the blankets, the children took them to the chapel at SGV, where a priest blessed both children and blankets. Then, everyone enjoyed a reception with refreshments.

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Older and Younger Generations Partner on Project to Help Others

Mary Apps (right) shows a first grade student how to tie the edges of a Linus blanket, which will be given to a child in need.

One of the volunteer activities St. George Village resident Mary Apps loves most is making blankets for the Linus Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. (The concept is based on the Peanuts cartoon character, Linus, and his trusty security blanket.)

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Are You a Retiree With Work Experience? Share Your Smarts!

Retirees can find fulfillment doing appropriate volunteer work.

Many retirees are looking to volunteer at organizations that can benefit from their work experiences and expertise. Perhaps surprisingly, that’s not always easy.

“One out of three retirees leave their volunteer posts within months because organizations are not properly prepared to utilize the volunteers’ professional experiences and knowledge,” a recent study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service revealed.

Fortunately, there’s a new website that can help organizations tap into the professional expertise that recent retirees can offer.

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A Children’s Book Does Double the Good Works

SGV residents Mary Apps and Gene Stelten read A House for Wally and Me to a group of elementary school students.

St. George Village resident Gene Stelten says his granddaughter, Allie, was the inspiration for A House for Wally and Me, a children’s book that he wrote about the process of building a Habitat for Humanity home. The story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Allie, who is helping to build a Habitat house in which she and her family will live.

“My granddaughter has always loved helping people in need, so I named the main character in the book after her,” Gene says.

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