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Area churches bring cheer to Coastal Care Center
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A typical day at the Coastal Care Center in Richmond Hill was festively interrupted last week by Hinesville’s Kathy Murphy.

Murphy, along with her daughter Amy Mason and granddaughter Abbie Mason, delivered 50 gift bags for each of the clients at the center and donated a box filled with cookies and games to replace the aging ones at the center.

The center, also known as the Harmony House, is an adult day center for seniors and other adults with special needs. Last week’s donation and delivery was a joint effort between St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Christian Academy, both in Hinesville, and Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill, said Murphy, who works for the outreach program at St. Phillip’s.

Murphy said she wanted to spread a little cheer at the center in particular. Her adult son, Matthew, has Down syndrome and arthritis. He attends the center during the day.

Murphy said she searched for a place like the center for months and was so grateful when she found it, calling it a "lifesaver."

"I want people to know it’s here," she said.

At 65, Murphy said she now has time to herself, and her son gets the attention he needs and is happy.

"This has given us a life," she said.

Amy Mason said her family is grateful to the facility and said how wonderful it’s been for her brother.

"We really are thankful for this," she said.

Mason said they were happy to spend time at the center to hand out the donated gifts.

"Whatever we can do to make it easier for them," she said.

The center has been open for 10 years on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill. The clients of the center, a social and medical facility, are "medically frail," according to Dana Lewis, an employee there.

She said the clients all appreciate whatever is given to them. Area churches do come by and help out at the facility throughout the year and St. Phillips Episcopal Church did donate 20 coats recently, Lewis added.

"They’ve been wonderful," she said.


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