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Roseville kids, seniors hold patriotic painting party

Make thank-you cards for U.S. troops in Afghanistan
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Maddie Wildie pointed out her hand-painted cards among the dozens laying on a table at Alta Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Roseville.

"We're making cards for the troops in Afghanistan that say thank you for protecting our country," Maddie said.

The 9-year-old, her younger sister Allie and about 20 other kids from St. Clare Catholic Church joined residents of the senior facility on July 12 to make cards for Sacramento Blue Star Moms to add to a growing care package, which will be mailed to troops later this month. Blue Star Moms is a service organization that supports U.S. troops.

This was the first event organized by a newly formed Children's Senior Outreach Program, under St. Clare's Social Concerns Committee, which addresses the needs of the community. Usually, that committee hosts food drives and collects backpacks for kids in need.

But some church members felt they also needed a ministry that facilitated interaction between children and seniors.

"Parents remember interacting with the elderly and how important that was for them and how much they can learn from them," said Program Director Kevin Wildie.

Jenny Caracciolo, of Alta Manor, said this sort of event is beneficial to residents, as well, who enjoy the high energy of the children.

"We have lots of vets here and it's an activity our seniors can do and our kids can do, so they mesh well together," she said.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.