Seamstress, 82, Puts Her Talents To Work Mending For Residents At Morning Pointe

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Martha Burns
Martha Burns

With her own sewing machine in hand, Martha Burns, of Cleveland, sets up shop every month to alter and mend clothes for residents at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove. The 82-year-old has sewn for the assisted living community for almost eight years now and loves every minute of it. “It just makes me feel good when I am doing something for others. I am doing what I was put here to do,” she said.

Every third Monday, Ms. Burns listens in on scheduled activities while working behind her sewing machine.  Residents know to bring her their clothing repair projects right after lunch. “Most of the time, I have pants to hem, seams to repair and buttons to sew back on,” she said. “They can’t see as well to do it and they always thank me.” Ms. Burns usually logs two to three hours at Morning Pointe and what she doesn’t get done, she takes home, finishes up and brings back the next day. “One resident thanked me by giving me a beautiful Amaryllis plant. I really appreciated that.” 

A seamstress most of her life, Ms. Burns’ skills are paying off in more ways than one. Not only is she making a difference, she has found new friends at Morning Pointe and has learned new things to do. “One time someone came in and was teaching the residents how to write stories and that was good to listen to. I really enjoyed that and each time I visit I find the activities interesting and different.”

Ms. Burns also helped the residents make a special Valentine’s quilt to be raffled off in the assisted living community. Now, she would like to actually start a quilting club there. “God has given this for me to do, I am there for the residents,” she said. “I like to do it. I like to help and it’s something I feel I need to do.”

The octogenarian plans to keep up her monthly volunteer work at Morning Pointe as long as she can see and drive. “It’s worthwhile,” she said.  “It really is,” said Karen Wood, life enrichment director for Morning Pointe. “We don’t know what we would do without Martha. She is part of our Morning Pointe family.” 

Anyone interested in sharing their talents at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove, should call 423 396-6999 or visit the website at www.morningpointe.com.


Dr. T. Darrell Weldon To Head Hutcheson Hospital Board

Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc. announced Thursday that Dr. T. Darrell Weldon has been appointed as chairman of the board for Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc.   Dr. Weldon will also serve as chairman of Hutcheson Health Enterprises, Inc. and will continue his duties as chairman of The Hospital Authority of Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties.   Other board appointments ... (click for more)

Alexander, Burr Release “Innovation For Healthier Americans” Report

Senators Lamar Alexander and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn’t, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The senators are soliciting feedback on their report as Chairman Alexander ... (click for more)

Appeals Court Rules Against WWTA In Lawsuit Brought By Apartment Complex Over $8 Monthly Charges To Units

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an apartment complex that sued the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Authority (WWTA) over an $8 monthly charge per apartment unit for preparing private service laterals. The court overturned a granting of summary judgment in favor of WWTA by former Judge Jackie Bolton. The appeals court said American Heritage Apartments, ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Boots, Idiots & Guns

As the month of February was born this morning, allow me to hurriedly share three leftovers that were still in last month’s basket: * * * A first-grade teacher had endured a long day and was helping her students bundle up for the trip home when one of the little boys asked for help getting on his boots. Soon she could see why. Even with her pulling, and him pushing, the ... (click for more)