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Decorated Doors Galore

Chris Schneider, senior center employee, is catching the Christmas spirit from the seniors and joining in the door decorating.

The seniors have decked the halls, particularly the doors, of the Lawrence County Multi-Purpose Senior Center in Sybene for the Christmas season, and the benefits of this project have multiplied since it started.

Darlene Green, site manager, said the project started as a way to help the seniors get into the Christmas spirit, as some of them cannot decorate their own homes any longer.

Another benefit is the cash prize for the winning door. Green said some of the seniors decorated doors by themselves, while others did it in groups.

With three floors of decorating opportunities, there were doors of all colors and styles.

One door was wrapped with metallic silver Christmas paper, outlined with garland and in the center was a three-foot stocking, overflowing with stuffed animals and other toys.

Another was covered in red paper and a door-sized felt snowman, complete with black hat and a bowtie. Another red door was covered with cotton balls for snow and had a small picture of a windowpane with a snowman waving through it.

One decorator even incorporated the use of flashing lights and music to share the Christmas message.

The seniors will be able to vote on their favorite door this week and the winner will receive $50, which could come in handy right before Christmas.

Even some of the employees have gotten into the holiday spirit by decorating their office doors.

“When we started it, it brought them into it too,” Green said.

A tree in the entrance of the center has been decorated with pictures of every senior who is involved with the center. Sally Newton, receptionist, made 180 plastic canvas frames to put them in.

“They love it,” Newton said. “Every time somebody comes through the door, they always look at that tree.”

Myrtle Stover, 91, of South Point, is active in the craft room at the center and credits the center for her being able to do it.

“If it wasn’t for the craft room, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “It keeps me busy.”

Bonnie Fitzpatrick, 75, of South Point, was a part of the planning and purchasing of the items the center would need for the project, but because of an injury, she was unable to attend when they were decorating the doors.

“We have a lot of talented people here,” Fitzpatrick said.

Mary K. Boster, 68, of Chesapeake, isn’t a crafter herself, but she is also benefiting from the project.

“I love to see the decorations,” she said. “There are some good, good things.”

“We’re enjoying it, but whatever comes up, must come down,” Green laughed.