Church offers Christmas store to Crestview Manor residents (PHOTOS)

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Bev Lilley, left, of the women's ministry at First Baptist Church of Crestview, assists Helen Malone, a resident at Crestview Manor, in selecting gifts for friends and family at the Christmas store on Monday night. For one night only, residents were able to pick items free of charge and have them wrapped in Christmas paper.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 02:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW —  Members of the First Baptist Church of Crestview continued their annual tradition of providing a  Christmas store for the residents of the Crestview Manor.

"They have blessed us tremendously and made our hearts smile," said resident Vicki Ripley.

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Ripley was one of nearly 40 residents in the assisted living facility who picked out free presents for family members and friends who visit during the holidays.

"We have been doing this since 1985, the year the manor opened," Ida Faye Powell, the event organizer, said. "This is just a way for us to give to the residents, who don't have the money to buy gifts or get out and buy the gifts...for family members or friends." 

The store featured gift items for men, women and children. From toys to jewelry items and tool sets, each resident was able to pick out at least four items to give to visiting family members.

Church members donated many of the items in the store, along with money saved in the church's budget, Powell said.

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