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Create floral arrangements for the holidays

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Stamford, CT | Added on December 04, 2013 At 04:12 PM


When there's clippings of holly and evergreen filling a room, it can inspire people to get into the holiday spirit.  


"They're all enjoying themselves.  I see lots of happy faces," said Renee Kerr, a member of the Stamford Garden Club.  


Each year that's what the Stamford Garden Club looks forward to -- the smiling faces of senior citizens who live in the city.  Helping them make holiday floral arrangements has become an annual tradition.  


"I look forward to this every year because I put this on my dining room table at home," said Nenita Simmons, a member of the Over 60 Senior Neighborhood Club.  


"The garden club explains it to them and they make them and they all turn out so beautiful, and they take them home.  They really have accomplished something and they just love it," said Betty McOsker, Executive Director of the Over 60 Club.  


The seniors are part of the Over 60 Senior Neighborhood club -- a group that was once two different organizations:  The Over 60 Club and Senior Neighborhood Support Services.  


"The Over 60 Club was originally part of senior services in Stamford and when they decided they couldn't have us anymore, we became independent," said McOsker.  


McOsker says Senior Neighborhood's funding was also cut.  But this October, the groups merged and found a home at St. John's Episcopal Church downtown.


"We have a dozen people that are over 90 and the rest of them range in age from 60 up to that," said McOsker, "And we have all sorts of activities that go on.  But during the holidays, one of our favorite ones is this when the Stamford Garden Club comes in and helps them all make the center pieces."


"It's a lot of fun and it's just great support for all the seniors that come," said McOsker.  



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