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Bridging the generations: Playgroup pairs seniors with young companions

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Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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GEORGIA GONG, LEFT, works on a puzzle with Carol Morse during a weekly playgroup hosted by Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday local children join Porter residents for games, puzzles, crafts and storytime. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — Reed Allen is a volunteer at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday, from 10:45 a.m. until noon, he visits with the elderly residents, plays games, listens to stories, sings songs and does crafts. He enjoys going to Helen Porter, home to seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s, he says, “because it has a lot of toys.”

Reed is four years old.

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