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Trinity varsity girls give back by visiting nursing home

Adams County Nursing Center resident Addie McMorris looks at her nails after Trinity Episcopal basketball players Jasmine Ivory, right, and Deonna Jackson, left, painted them. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Adams County Nursing Center resident Addie McMorris looks at her nails after Trinity Episcopal basketball players Jasmine Ivory, right, and Deonna Jackson, left, painted them. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

 

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal Day School Lady Saints spread holiday cheer by visiting the Adams County Nursing Center and spending time with residents.

The Lady Saints painted nails and visited while wearing Santa hats and big smiles.

“I’ve been involved with non-profit work for 14 years,” Trinity head coach Fay Minor said. “This is a great way for us to give back and to get closer as a team.”

Point guard Jasmine Ivory said that the team jumped on board when Minor announced they would be paying the center a visit.

“We all thought, ‘Awe, that’s sweet’, and that it was a great way to give back,” she said.

Others were a little nervous, but jumped right in.

“I was a bit nervous because they are fragile,” Trinity player Tali Beard said. “But once you get started, it gets better.”

The girls were also happy to see that they were bringing cheer to the elderly, especially during the holiday season.

“It feels good to do something because some of them don’t have family,”

Beard said. “I’ve got family to go home to, but these people aren’t allowed to leave, so it’s nice to visit them.”

It hit home with Ivory, who said she would want the same if it were her grandparents.

“It’s nice because one day your grandparents will get old,” she said. “And when that happens, you would want someone to visit them.”

While most of their successes are seen on the basketball court, the Lady Saints hope that others will embrace the spirit of giving.

“It is important to give back to where you come from,” said Trinity player Dionna Jackson. “It is nice to be able to give back to the people who did something for you.”