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.


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