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McDonough girl reaches out
to local seniors


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  A nine-year-old McDonough girl is using her artistic talents to enrich the lives of some local senior citizens.

Tannah Wilson, a third grader at Walnut Creek Elementary School, stands with Lucy Stevens of Westbury Health and Rehab. Tannah raised money and donated items to seniors at Westbury Nursing Home.                                    Special photo

  Tannah Wilson, a third-grader at Walnut Creek Elementary School, visited Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center in McDonough last weekend and presented the facility’s administrative staff with $20 in cash and a basket filled with personal items for the residents. She raised the money through the sale of pictures she had drawn and colored in recent weeks.

  After a previous visit to Westbury, where her great-grandfather lives, she decided she wanted to help the people who call the facility home and began soliciting her family and friends to purchase her pictures, according to Donna Cason, her grandmother.

  “She just loves going there,” said Cason. “She just has a heart of gold.”

  Although she started out just going to visit family, Tannah has taken to some of the other residents there and that was what led her to want to do something special for them, according to Cason. She started out thinking about perhaps doing Valentine’s Day bags and, with the help of her family, sought out the staff at Westbury to find out what would be appropriate gift items.

  She learned, for instance, that she could make a monetary donation and the staff would be able to buy snacks for the residents, said Cason, who helped Tannah acquire the gift items. As she continued creating her pictures, she even sold some at school to help with her fundraising.

  Tannah gave Westbury officials items for residents such as toothpaste, lotion and Kleenex, according to activities coordinator Lucy Stevens. She also gave a donation for bingo prizes, she added.

  “It was a real pleasure,” said Stevens of Tannah’s visit. “She is a real dedicated little girl.”

  Tannah also wrote cards to the staff at Westbury, thanking them for taking care of the patients.

  “She has a loving and caring heart for the residents at Westbury and loves to visit them,” said Cason.



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