Granny's Jammies provides help for senior citizens in need

NEIGHBORS

March 17, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Granny's Jammies started three years ago at the school bus stop at the corner of Rolling Acres Drive and Millwood Road near Mount Airy.

As neighbors Ron Kase and Terri Giambarresi waited for the bus with their children, they got into a discussion about the plight of impoverished elderly people in nursing homes. Mrs. Giambarresi said Mr. Kase, a Boy Scout leader, noticed during a visit with a Scout troop that the basic needs of nursing home residents were met, "but not the extras."

The duo decided to form a group to do something about getting pajamas and personal hygiene supplies for nursing home residents in need. "Granny's Jammies" was Mrs. Giambarresi's first response to Mr. Kase's request for a name for the group. The name stuck and the group's mission has expanded over 2 1/2 years.

Granny's Jammies is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping local senior citizens in need. In addition to providing nightwear and hygiene supplies to the elderly throughout the community, the group also pays transportation costs for Pleasant View Nursing Home residents who take Carroll Transit to Mount Airy Senior Center.

Granny's Jammies also is trying to secure the donation of a videocassette recorder and television for the Mount Airy nursing home. Mrs. Giambarresi said the nursing home has one VCR and television that is shuttled between its two buildings, a difficult task in inclement weather.

"Our goal is to involve the youth from the community in as many ways as possible," Mrs. Giambarresi said. "We're trying to begin an adopt-a-grandparent program in the community."

Many young people will be involved in Granny's Jammies' second annual Spaghetti Dinner for Senior Citizens from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

Entertainment will be provided by the Twin Ridge Elementary School chorus and Calvary United Methodist Church's Youth Choir.

The purpose of the pasta feast is to provide a "nice get-together" for area senior citizens and to make them aware of Granny's Jammies and its mission, Mrs. Giambarresi said.

State and local elected officials have been invited to the event, but there will be no speeches, she said.

Tickets are $2 per person and 53 senior citizens had purchased tickets by yesterday. Tickets are on sale at Mount Airy Senior Center.

Mrs. Giambarresi stressed that the dinner is not a fund-raiser. Donations of noodles, spaghetti sauce, salad dressing and cherry pies are needed.

"All donations to us are tax deductible," Mrs. Giambarresi added.

Granny's Jammies is a family experience for Mr. Kase and Mrs. Giambarresi, who are nurses involved with genetic epidemiology the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda. Their spouses and children help with Granny's Jammies' mission and activities.

Mrs. Giambarresi said 10 people belong to the core group, chaired by Mr. Kase. About six others are "Granny's helpers" who help when they can.

"We could do a lot more if we had more people," she said.

For more information, call Mrs. Giambarresi at (301) 831-5223 or Tammi Tonkay at (301) 829-9049.

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Fluffy flapjacks served family-style with Wagner's Pride link sausage, eggs to order, juice and coffee will be featured at Saturday's Mount Airy Kiwanis Club Breakfast.

The all-you-can-eat fund-raiser will be from 6 a.m. to noon at Calvary United Methodist Church at 403 S. Main St. in Mount Airy. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 12, free for the under-5 crowd.

Proceeds will benefit Johns Hopkins Hospital as part of the Kiwanis Club Children's Miracle Mile campaign.

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Mount Airy Recreation Council's Girls "Under 10" Soccer Team reigned supreme at Tuesday evening's championship game against the undefeated team from Hereford.

The council's 18-member team won the Carroll Indoor Sports Center playoffs in Westminster, 4-2. Coaches are Pat Weddle and Francis Condon.

The girls took home trophies and medals in honor of their victory that concluded the winter session of indoor soccer.

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Alms giving will be the focus of the Rev. Carol Yocum's devotions at Mount Airy's next Community Lenten Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St.

Fare will include soup, salad and beverages, provided by Calvary Church. St. James Episcopal Church of Mount Airy will provide child care after the meal.

The food and baby-sitting are free. A free-will offering will benefit Mount Airy NET, a local nonprofit group dedicated to helping less-fortunate people in our area.

Another Lenten Luncheon will be March 29 at Calvary Church with the Rev. Basil Day Jr., pastor of Howard Chapel Ridgeville United Methodist Church, leading the devotions. For information, call (301) 829-0358.

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Don't miss the opportunity to roll up your sleeves March 27 and give to Mount Airy's Spring Blood Drive.

Chairwoman Mary Jo Burkett is taking appointments for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mount Airy Firemen's Activities Building at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Advance appointments help to prevent long waiting times because filled time slots ensure that adequate numbers of Red Cross personnel are assigned to the event. For an appointment, call Mrs. Burkett at (301) 829-2822 or (301) 829-2211.

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