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Sharpsburg's Northern Area Multi-Service Center delivers hope for the holidays

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, visited with senior citizens at the Northern Area Multi-Service Center in Sharpsburg on Dec. 20.
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State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, visited with senior citizens at the Northern Area Multi-Service Center in Sharpsburg on Dec. 20.
Enough gifts to fill two vehicles were collected to distribute in Sharpsburg.
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Enough gifts to fill two vehicles were collected to distribute in Sharpsburg.

Northern Area Multi-Service Center in Sharpsburg made the holiday season bright for residents today with a luncheon, raffles and ugly sweaters. They also collected gifts during a “Stuff the Sleigh” event for children at Sharpsburg Family Worship Center and the Sharpsburg Wolves Basketball Association.

“The holidays are here and while most are preparing to spend some quality time with loved ones, there are many who don't have that option,” said Brian Metzer of North Area companies. “We provide nutritious meals to seniors in and around Allegheny County three times a week.”

State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, dropped a gift into the sleigh and visited with senior citizens over lunch.

There was live music, a sing-a-long and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Deb Baumiller, NAMS coordinator, said the event was a success because it delivered hope and happiness, which are the true meanings of the season.

“Our seniors had a great day, we collected almost two full Subaru Foresters worth of gifts and raised money for a tremendous cause,” Baumiller said.

Today's event also benefitted Meals on Wheels, which further addresses food insecurity in the region.

NAMS has provided services like in-home nursing, housekeeping, ACCESS transportation and Meals on Wheels since 1968.

“It's a great cause and our goal is to keep our seniors independent and living at home,” Baumiller said. “This event was just another piece in the puzzle.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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