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Crafting love

Country Place Senior Living residents and staff shown from L to R: Marion Norman, Bobbie Gamble, Mertice Porterfield, administrator Rebecca Reynolds, resident nurse Patricia Griggers, activity instructor Alaina Norman, Bobbie Terry, caregiver Katrice Bowen and Mae Poole pose for a photo Thursday afternoon after writing letters and before stuffing care packages for two Butler County soldiers. | ADVOCATE STAFF / ANDREW GARNER

Country Place Senior Living residents and staff shown from L to R: Marion Norman, Bobbie Gamble, Mertice Porterfield, administrator Rebecca Reynolds, resident nurse Patricia Griggers, activity instructor Alaina Norman, Bobbie Terry, caregiver Katrice Bowen and Mae Poole pose for a photo Thursday afternoon after writing letters and before stuffing care packages for two Butler County soldiers. | ADVOCATE STAFF / ANDREW GARNER

Residents and staff at Country Place Senior Living were busy Thursday afternoon crafting hand-made cards and stocking care packages for two Butler County soldiers who are serving in Afghanistan.

Crowded around a long table in the main lounge area, residents Marion Norman, Bobbie Gamble, Mertice Porterfield, Bobbie Terry and Mae Poole were writing letters and assembling the packages to help make the soldiers feel special on Valentine’s Day.

“We continually support the military,” Country Place Senior Living Administrator Rebecca Reynolds said.

Reynolds said in addition to the letters from the residents, there will also be letters from local children in the care packages.

“It’s just really good,” Porterfield said about her task. “It’s important to remember the people who are serving us.”

CPSL Activity Instructor Alaina Norman said the packages will be mailed out on Monday.

“We just want to let them know that we’re thinking about them at home, and just to put a smile on their face on Valentine’s Day,” Reynolds said.