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.


Caregiving Course Offered At Highway 58 Dunkin Donuts

  As a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Education, Christopher-Charles Chaney is offering free educational caregiving workshops which identify the six stages of caregiving, six coping strategies and one perspective to provide direction and support to family caregivers.    The Caregiving Workshops will be in the Dunkin Donuts conference room at 4535 ... (click for more)

Helen Ross McNabb Center Opens Newly-Renovated Facility On Bailey Avenue

The Helen Ross McNabb Center and the community will celebrate the opening of the newly-renovated 1408 Bailey Home, one of the Center's five supported living homes in Chattanooga, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on  Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. The Center, with support from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the City of Chattanooga and First Tennessee Bank, ... (click for more)

Bradley Detectives Investigating Death Of 18-Month-Old Child; Foul Play Not Suspected At This Time

Detectives in the Bradley County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division are investigating the death of an 18-month old child that occurred Saturday evening.   Multiple phone calls into the 911 Communications Center led to patrol deputies responding to a residence on Lowery Street, N.E. Upon arrival deputies discovered a deceased child inside the residence, which ... (click for more)

Corker Says President Trump's 1st International Trip "Executed To Near Perfection"

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday praised President Donald Trump for his first international trip.   He said, “I spoke with President Trump at length this morning and told him that I could not be more pleased with his first international trip. The trip was executed to near perfection and it appears the president ... (click for more)

Silence Ain’t Golden Anymore

There are times – moments – in life that you never forget. That night in 1972, sleeping over at my buddy Bart’s house, was one of them. We had been to a middle school concert and his big brother was in the band (very cool stuff for a 14-year-old!) and as we lay on the floor in our sleeping bags in Bart’s room he said he wanted to play a record that his brother listened to. And, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Memorial Day In Just Six Seconds

John Kelly, who is now our Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was among the greatest of all generals in United States history as a leader in the Marine Corps. In 2010 he was speaking to the Marine Corps’ Semper Fi Society in St. Louis when – towards the end of his talk – he offered what I believe is the most brilliant explanation of what Memorial Day is that I have ... (click for more)