SCOPE delivers blankets

LORDSTOWN – More than 50 colorful lap blankets made by members of Lordstown SCOPE Center were delivered to residents of Washington Square Healthcare Center in Warren.

Marge Haley, director of the Lordstown SCOPE, said the blankets are a yearlong effort. SCOPE members meet weekly, mostly on Wednesday, to work on them.

”We wanted to make sure the residents had them for Christmas. In past years, we have made caps and hats for nursing home residents,” Haley said.

Carol Maher, who heard about the project this fall, decided to take part and received help from the other participants when joined in October.

”I’m new. I saw the beautiful caps they made last year. It’s fun and enjoyable to be here doing this. I’m glad they are going to the residents of the nursing home,” Maher said.

Patty Rook said she was able to coordinate the project with donations of materials, such as fabric and yarn, to make the lap blankets. She said people enjoy spending time together on the effort.

Haley said people also brought in their own yarn to help.

”Everyone could pick their own colors and what they wanted to do,” Haley said.

Haley said new this year at the center, Lordstown High School juniors and seniors have come to the center to explain to residents how to use cellphones, I-pads , e-readers and other electronic devices.

”The students were surprised the first time they came here to see all that we do. This program has really helped break down generation barriers. It was fun when the high school students gave homework to the SCOPE members on their phones,” she said.

Haley said the program is ”Senior to Senior Technology 101” and was coordinated with School Superintendent Terry Armstrong and high school government teacher Courtney Gibson.

She said plans are also to have the Lordstown Elementary School kindergarten students make an Easter craft project with the seniors.

She said the members of Champion SCOPE have gone into the schools to work on such projects.

Also in 2016, are plans for a McSCOPE Cafe once a week where seniors can stop for coffee and doughnuts at the center.