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Grandparent adoption bring smile


December 20, 2018

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Summer Wells helps bring a smile to Mountain View Manor resident Patti Norheim while delivering "Adopt a Grandparent" goodies Sun. December 15. Johnson and organizer Marlena Erickson delivered over 70 bags to seniors. The bags included hand cream, homemade cookies, and a handmade card from a child in the community. Erickson plans on making this an annual event.

It is better to give than receive, is an old adage, and an especially poignant one this time of year. One that Marlena Erickson took to heart as the organizer of Petersburg's First Annual "Adopt a Grandparent" drive. Erickson was inspired by a friend of hers in California who had done the same thing for senior citizens in her area. The people of Petersburg make a strong effort to make others feel loved and included, said Erickson, but this time of winter can be a really hard time for the elderly. It's dark so much of the time and they can feel really lonely.

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