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Residents at Life Care Center of Gwinnett receive slippers for Christmas

Catherine Shearon, 74, a resident at Life Care Center of Gwinnett, receives a pair of red and pink slippers during the Slippers for Seniors event Monday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Catherine Shearon, 74, a resident at Life Care Center of Gwinnett, receives a pair of red and pink slippers during the Slippers for Seniors event Monday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Gloria Maria Lopez-Acosta, 70, a resident at Life Care Center of Gwinnett, smiles and claps to music during the Slippers for Seniors event Monday. (Staff Photos: Deanna Allen)

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Jim Soapes, 74, of Stone Mountain checks out the selection of Starbucks coffees he received as a gift during the Slippers for Seniors event Monday at Life Care Center of Gwinnett. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Slippers sit waiting to be passed out to residents at Life Care Center of Gwinnett on Monday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Santa made an appearance during the Slippers for Seniors event Monday at Life Care Center of Gwinnett. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Catherine Shearon picked out a pair of soft, red and pink slippers decorated with two colorful balls of thread.

The 74-year-old was one of more than 130 residents at Life Care Center of Gwinnett to receive a pair of slippers during a Slippers for Seniors party Monday. The event was organized by Snellville resident and volunteer Carol Carson, whose mother, Cecilia “Bubbie” Laniewicz, is a resident at the Lawrenceville assisted living facility.

“My mother had a pair of gold slippers last year and everyone in the nursing home wanted me to get them a pair of the gold slippers because they were blingy and fun,” Carson said, “so I had this idea for … this Christmas to provide everybody in the nursing home with slippers.”

The slippers came from donations.

“I had people from all over the county and even people in Arizona and California send me slippers that were all donated,” Carson said. “We didn’t have to buy any slippers.”

Monday’s party also included drawings for gifts and Jim Soapes, 74, of Stone Mountain, who is in the facility’s rehab program until mid-January, had the first number drawn. He received a selection of coffee from Starbucks. Soapes is recovering from surgery on his spine.

“I’m doing well and getting the strength back in my arms and enjoying the people around this place,” he said.

Residents and volunteers also enjoyed music by the Mosaics of 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville and a visit from Santa himself.

“It’s a chance to really celebrate Christmas and to receive a gift,” said Dan Deffendall, director of activities for the center, “something they need.”