Mossyrock volunteers give back to deserving town elder


by KING 5 News

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 4 at 6:00 PM

MOSSYROCK, Wash. -- A senior citizen in Mossyrock is getting help from the community, again.

Last year members of the Mossyrock Area Action League planted 85 trees for a longtime school teacher.

This summer, Beulah McMurry's the lucky recipient of the group's "Honor an Elder" program.

"I don't know what to say," said McMurry, "I'm flabbergasted."

The 88-year-old has lived in the same home for 70 years. It was time for a paint job, but she couldn't afford it.

The last three times it needed to be painted, the widow did it herself. Arthritis in her hands has made that too painful.

"Everyone knows Beulah and Beulah needs the help, it's pretty simple," said Wilma Sofranko, one of the volunteers painting Beulah's house this summer.

Sofranko said getting supplies donated and recruiting volunteers was not a problem. A number of the helpers are children from Mossyrock.

"They want to be a part of it," said Sofranko, "They want to do it."

Jeremy Reeder, 12, could be spending his summer swimming or playing video games, but he wanted to help paint Beulah's house for two reasons.

"It's fun to get dirty," said Reeder, who added, "It's showing how we care about them and what they (seniors) do for our community."

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