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Patients receive T-shirts for fundraising efforts

Residents of Thomson Health and Rehab continued to celebrate their big accomplishment last Thursday with another victory-ceremony. In June, residents of the alternative living facility held a month-long fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Twelve residents partnered with 12 staff associates to contact businesses and people in the community to solicit donations. One resident sat just inside the entrance of the facility every day and passed out educational literature about the disease and provided visitors the opportunity to donate toward the cause.

At the end of the month, they had raised $1,800, as previously reported by The McDuffie Mirror. A celebration was held then, in which each of the participating residents were honored.

Last week, T-shirts were delivered from CFF for each of the participants. So another smaller ceremony was held to pass out the T-shirts and certificates.

"Smile, because we really did it big this year," Activities Director Tamicka Franklin said. "Y'all did great. Thank you to everyone who participated."

As each resident received their T-shirt, they proudly examined it and congratulated each other. Emma Beard spoke out, saying she really liked participating in the good cause.

"I want to thank the staff," she said. "We don't know how to do it by ourselves, but we want to do something. So, y'all keep it up."

Ms. Franklin said the residents will have the opportunity to participate in an upcoming Alzheimer's Association fundraiser and a Operation Christmas Child project.

"So we can continue to keep a happy heart and be joyous," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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