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RUSSELL, KY — Morning Pointe of Russell residents and associates have Kisses of Grace backpack program to help local kids start the school year off right — for many, that means with a full belly.

“Many people in the Russell area are not aware there are children from the Russell School System that go home every Friday from school knowing they are not going to have any or very little food to eat until they return to school on Monday,” says Wanda Parker, executive director at Morning Pointe.

Parker says low income households and homes riddled with substance abuse are among the various issues affecting school-age children.

The Kisses of Grace backpack program helps stand in the gap for families in need, and is dependent upon monetary and food donations. A list of children is provided to program associates by the Russell Family Resource Center. Kisses of Grace responds, packing 68 bags of food to be delivered every Thursday.

Morning Pointe residents and associates are proud to partner with the Kisses of Grace program. But acts of kindness are nothing new for the residents. As part of the life enrichment program, Morning Pointe is partnering with local organizations to pay it forward, and giving residents the opportunity to put their lifelong talents and crafts to use for the greater good.

The yearlong community service campaign, called “Make Your Mark,” is a company-wide volunteer effort to give back 20,000 hours of community service in 2017.

For more information about the Kisses of Grace program or to donate, please contact Abby Blevins, 606-831-8328.

Photo: Louise Lyon, Morning Pointe of Russell resident (right), enjoyed lending a helping hand with the Kisses of Grace backpack program.