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Civitans helps spread the love

Members of the Alpha One Civitan pose with some of the vases they prepared this week to be delivered to residents at Warren Manor. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Members of the Alpha One Civitan pose with some of the vases they prepared this week to be delivered to residents at Warren Manor. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

A local group is on a mission to make every Warren Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center resident feel loved this Valentine’s Day by giving residents homemade gifts this week.

The Alpha One Civitan, a Selma organization designed to be better the Dallas County area through community service projects, has created 50 to 60 vases full of roses for Warren Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center patients this year. The annual initiative is a part of the group’s monthly community services projects.

“We think that’s so important, because there are so many people, you’d be surprised, that don’t ever have anybody to stop to see them and don’t care,” Alpha One Civitan member Doris Holland said. “That is really sad to be sick and old and nobody cares.”

Alpha One Civitan president Bonnie Molett recalled the joyful emotions the hand-delivered Valentine gifts have brought to local nursing homes in the past.

“Their faces just light up,” Bonnie said. “They are so appreciative.”

Holland said several residents cherish the flowers weeks after they receive them, which leaves a warm feeling among the club members.

“Then you’ll go back up there to visit in a few weeks, and there are your pretty flowers sitting there still giving them cheer,” Holland said. “It feels really good.”

Last year, Alpha One Civitan member Armelia Oliver was receiving a nursing home resident receiving a Valentine gift from the Alpha One Civitan group. Oliver said she is proud to be a member spreading the love on Valentine’s Day.

“It was exciting,” Oliver said. “They were very gracious. They were beautiful.”