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FRANKLIN, Ind. — Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis is known for helping kids in need across the nation, and Morning Pointe of Franklin residents wanted to help do their part to bring the joy of Easter to the children.

The seniors at the assisted living and memory care community created Easter-themed craft projects for the children to enjoy during their stay at the hospital. The residents also filled Easter eggs with special treats, hiding them in the patients’ rooms to spread holiday fun to everyone.

“Our residents are always willing and able to pitch in and help in any way possible,” says Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe. “Their acts of compassion are always inspiring. Now they’re looking for the next thing they can do to put a smile on someone’s face.”

Since the beginning of the year, Morning Pointe’s assisted living and memory care communities across the Southeast have been paying it forward. From pet treats to potted plants, the goodwill of the seniors and associates inspired the “Make Your Mark” campaign — a yearlong project to give back 20,000 of community service in 2017. Already, they have given back 10,000 hours of volunteerism with no signs of slowing down.

For more information, visit www.morningpointe.com/makeyourmark.

Photo: (center, left and right) Gene Novak and Dianne Panky, Morning Pointe of Franklin residents, made the trip to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, meeting hospital officials to deliver Easter eggs and fun crafts for the kids.