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RICHMOND, KY — The homeless were on the minds of Morning Pointe of Richmond residents, who came together to collect personal care items, assembling care packages for people in need.

But the seniors and associates were not alone, as the senior living community formed a partnership with a number of community organizations to multiply their efforts, to include Fresenius Kidney Care, Caretenders Home Health, Holiday Inn Express Berea/Richmond, Deaconess Lifeline Home Health, Berea Health Care, Gentiva Home Health, Kenwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, Madison Health & Rehabilitation Center, Senior Renewal in Berea, Cardinal Hill Health & Rehabilitation, Health NOW Clinic and Save-A-Lot.

All of the care packages made benefited Grace NOW, a local non-profit organization that provides food and clothing to disadvantaged families. According to the Grace NOW website, the organization’s mission is “to make a positive difference in the community by providing resources, particularly food and clothing, to people in need, and to assist them in a way that treats them with dignity and demonstrates to them God’s unconditional love and grace.”

This act of kindness is nothing new for the residents, who inspired a yearlong volunteerism project called “Make Your Mark.” Morning Pointe senior campuses across the Southeast have teamed up with local organizations and partners to give back 20,000 hours of community service during 2017.

For more information about the “Make Your Mark” campaign, visit www.morningpointe.com/makeyourmark. For more information about Grace NOW, visit www.gracenowky.com.

Photo: Una Miller, Julia Ramey, Mitsue York, Jane Wallace (Resident), Ogal Spicer, Jane Ott, Morning Pointe of Richmond, KY residents, Nick Martin, volunteer, Virginia Webb and Prudence Bailey, Morning Pointe residents, and Donna Estes, Morning Pointe associate created 100 care packages for Grace NOW.