MarCeilia Somerville of Gamber organized a group at the...

VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK

December 19, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

MarCeilia Somerville of Gamber organized a group at the South Carroll Senior Citizens' Center to collect food and toiletries to give to the needy through Shepherd's Staff, a local Christian ministry. She calls the seniors "South Carroll's angels."

Organization's comments: "She's one of those wonderful seniors," said Kathryn Brown, director of Shepherd's Staff. "She's a leader."

Ms. Brown said Mrs. Somerville had also worked with a Finksburg seniors group to help Shepherd's Staff when it was founded in 1991.

The seniors contributed nonperishable food and items such as shampoo, toilet paper and deodorant. The goods are distributed throughout the year from the Shepherd's Staff "blessings closet."

"It needs a constant refill all the time," Ms. Brown said.

Even necessary toiletries are "kind of a luxury" to many Carroll countians, she said, because they cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Volunteer's comments: "Everybody said, 'It won't happen,' but it did happen," said Mrs. Somerville, displaying some of the contributions. "I have a whole cupboard full.

"I'm just so proud of them."

About 70 of the center's members contributed, she said.

"It's things we take for granted," she said. Mrs. Somerville admits an honorable ulterior motive in the Angels' work. She hopes to attract new seniors to the South Carroll Senior Center by showing them that those who attend do more than play bingo.

"If other active seniors see this, they'll say, 'This is a nice place to go.' "

Volunteer's background: Mrs. Somerville, 70, said she has had a "wonderful" life. She has volunteered at the Carroll County Farm Museum in addition to her participation in senior activities. She has two adult daughters.

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