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Woman helps rebuild Rita-damaged pavilion for nursing home

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When Ann Hereford visited her mother at Merryville Rehab, she noticed the outdoor pavilion in disrepair.  

"They needed the structure rebuilt," said Hereford. "It was in a horrible shape that they weren't allowed to come out here in fear of something falling on them."

The original structure was heavily damaged by Hurricane Rita and was never repaired. So Ann went about finding donations of materials, time and money to rebuild a better outdoor pavilion. Beauregard Parish volunteers helped raise over 2 thousand dollars for the project.

"We do have some veterans that are here and it is dedicated to all the vets that are here and to those that are to come and to those who have come and gone," said Hereford.

Director of Nursing Heather Nelson says the new pavilion and shrubbery has helped the residents here at the Merryville Nursing Home.

"They can enjoy quiet time," said Nelson. "It's almost like it's their back porch at home. They can enjoy coffee, newspapers. Some come out as a group. Some come out alone. We use it for activities."

So hats off to Ann Hereford and her group of Beauregard Parish volunteers for coming together for senior citizens and veterans in their parish.

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