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Once a nurse, always a nurse

By: Country Meadows |

Ginny Morris is a loving, caring person. A resident at Country Meadows of Leader Heights in south York, Morris, 98, enjoys participating in programs to help others.

Ginny Morris smiles as she reads “thank you” cards from children who benefit from the Weekend Backpack Program. Morris leads a resident group which plans fundraising events to raise funds to support the program.

As a former nurse, she says helping people is who she is. “I was a nurse for 40 years so it just comes naturally for me to help people, and I’m also a Christian,” she says.

As one of the leaders of a resident group that plan sfundraising events to support a Weekend Backpack Program—a partnership program which provides food for needy children to eat over weekends, Morris says volunteering to help local youths fills her heart. “It means everything to me. I never knew there was so much hunger in our area until I found out about the Backpack Program.”

While her nurturing characteristics remain from her days as a nurse, her medical knowledge has come in handy. She had an opportunity to use her nursing experience to save another resident who was choking. “I never had any second thoughts, I just jumped up and told her to get up,” she says as she talks about performing the Heimlich maneuver. “I was so grateful I was there. I think the Lord is looking down and using me.”

She concludes. “Once a nurse, always a nurse.”

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