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Rotary Senior Living residents send their hearts to Sandy Hook

December 20, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

EAGLE GROVE - A week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people across the country are asking what they can do to help the victims.

Even in a state as far from Connecticut as Iowa, those who felt moved by the tragedy want to do something.

For the residents of Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, that desire to make a difference turned into action.

Office Manager Becky Phipps said the residents turned to art as a way of honoring those who died.

"The residents were pretty moved by the tragedy, and they were thinking of doing something," she said. "So I ordered a bunch of hearts for them to paint."

Phipps said every heart has the name of a victim written on it.

"The residents also made a sympathy card and we're going to be sending out there," she said Wednesday. "We have them here and are packaging them today."

Reading and hearing about the shooting had a big impact on the residents, according to Phipps.

"They were all talking about it," she said. "In fact, this morning when I went out there they were talked about how much they wanted to see them. You could tell they were moved by it."

Phipps said the residents are proving they want to be active in what's going on, and says it breaks stereotypes that people may have about them.

"I think people have the wrong misconceptions about nursing homes," she said. "Our residents try to participate both inside and outside of Rotary, and this is one way that they can do that."

She added the residents have been participating in several different events recently.

"We just had Elves for the Elderly, where they packaged items for shut-ins," she said. "We just try to get them more involved in other events around the community."



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