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Article published November 19, 2012
Mr. McFeely visits health, rehab center
Sweater drive held
HARMONY — The Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center, 191 Evergreen Mill Road, recently had a visitor from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and a group of preschoolers. Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” visited the health center Oct. 26 as part of Evergreen's annual sweater drive in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Company. Tom Ford, the business development manager, worked with Evergreen staff, in particular Activities Director Linda O'Conner, to collect the sweaters. More than 25 boxes of sweaters, sweatshirts and coats were collected. Donations will be delivered to VOICe, Victim Outreach Intervention Center, and to the Zion Lutheran Church Food Cupboard. Twenty-three children from Zelienople Preschool at Calvin Presbyterian Church welcomed Mr. McFeely to Evergreen. The “cost of admission” to this event was one donation of clothing for the sweater drive. Before the visit with Mr. McFeely, the students worked hard on learning songs to sing with Mr. McFeely and the residents. Madeline Drobac, a resident at Evergreen, welcomed Mr. McFeely by presenting him with a T-shirt on behalf of the residents. The neighborhood trolley was printed on the front of the shirt. Mr. McFeely entertained the children and residents with some of the puppets used on “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,” including Daniel Tiger, King Friday XIII and X the Owl. He also read a story entitled “Speedy Delivery.” This book engaged the students by having them guess what was in the different packages delivered by Mr. McFeely. The visit ended with Mr. McFeely signing pictures for the children and the residents.