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Valentine’s social at senior home spreads message of love, family

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) - Valentine's Day has come and gone, but some people are still having fun and feeling the love.

Seniors at the Hilltop Senior Living Center were treated to the annual Valentine's Social through volunteers from Southern Tier Young Professionals.

"It's really nice to see and socialize with people who might not see their families on the day," said the STYP Secretary Caitie Eberz. "We put on a little entertainment. This year we're doing trivia."

Beside trivia, there were crossword puzzles, word searches, food and drinks and quality social time with fellow living center members.

Eberz told 12 News that even while the event can be fun, some seniors really want to win trivia.

"It's just for fun. We remind them it's just for fun, we put on the fun music for them, older love songs especially for this event, and really just try to make this fun and a good afternoon for them," Eberz said.

One of the senior trivia players was Helen Telep, a resident at the facility for the last seven years.

Telep tried to attend as many activities as the center offers, and said it's important to her to be active and close to friends.

"It's special to me. All my family lives away, so it's nice to have all these friends here," Telep said. "I had a great time."

It's events like the social Eberz believes keep the message of love Valentine's Day spreads alive.

"Seeing the same people, seeing the joy we can bring to the community and the residents here at the Hilltop campus is just fantastic every year," Eberz said.

Cal Dymowski

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