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Church brings cheer to Coastal Care
Kathie Murphy, left, Amy Mason and Abbie Mason pass out holiday gift bags Monday to clients at the Coastal Care Center in Richmond Hill. - photo by Photo by Hallie D. Martin

A typical Monday was festively interrupted at the Coastal Care Center in Richmond Hill 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 also donated a box filled with cookies and games to replace the aging ones at the center.
The Coastal Care Center, also known as the Harmony House, is an adult day center for seniors and other adults with special needs. Monday’s donated items and delivery was a joint effort between St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Christian Academy, both of Hinesville, and Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill, said Murphy, who works for the outreach program at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church.
Murphy said she wanted to spread a little cheer at the Coastal Care 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 “life saver.”
“I want people to know its 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 really thankful for 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 Monday 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 Hwy. 17 in Richmond Hill and the clients of the Coastal Care Center, a social and medical facility, are “medically frail,” according to Dana Lewis, an employee there.
Lewis said the clients all really appreciate whatever is given to them. Area churches do come by and help out at the facility throughout the year and Saint Phillips Episcopal Church did donate 20 coats recently, Lewis added. 
“They’ve been wonderful,” she said.

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