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Volunteers Deck the Halls of Fair Acres

A group of volunteers brightened the halls of Delaware County's skilled care facility recently.

MIDDLETOWN–A group of four creative volunteers took time out of their hectic holiday schedules recently to decorate Christmas trees, brightening the buildings of , Delaware County’s skilled care facility in Middletown.

For the past eight years, Pat Goodall and Clair Hagan of Springfield, have enlisted their art group, the Brandywine Decorative Painters, to craft ornaments to be displayed on Christmas trees in the lobbies of numerous Fair Acres buildings.

Goodall and Hagan are both retired teachers who have been involved at Fair Acres. The Brandywine Decorative Painters is a Tri-State organization that meets once a month to discuss, craft and prepare for various outreach projects they volunteer for each year. Members vote on a specific theme for the holidays based on projects that are presented to the group.

This year the volunteers took on the task of refurbishing all of the ornaments with a fresh and fun "Let It Snow" holiday theme. Every Christmas tree is decked with glistening blue and white snowflakes, 50 of which are stenciled from recycled CDs.

"Along with the handmade ornaments, we're putting up trees, putting up wreaths on the doors and putting up lights," said Cheryl Everngham, director of volunteers at Fair Acres.

Goodall and Hagan were joined in the project by fellow Decorative Painters Sue Ulmer and Carol Davis, also retired teachers from Springfield. Goodall is a retired teacher who volunteered for 15 years in the Fair Acres Gift Shop and Hagan is a retired teacher who also worked as the activities director at Fair Acres for 13 years.

People interested in volunteering or making donations to Fair Acres can contact Everngham at 610-891-5770.

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