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Selma City Councilwoman sponsored event for Lighthouse Rehab center

By Lew Gilliland

The Selma Times-Journal

A special event to benefit the residents of Lighthouse Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Selma was deemed a success by the city council member who helped lead it.

Ward 4 City Councilwoman Lesia James was pleased with the turnout for a drive-by snack donation for the residents. Staff members from the center came outside and collected snacks that were dropped off by members of the community.

“It was awesome,” James said. “It was 100 percent successful. There should be enough snacks to last them 30 to 40 days. We have also had cash donations.

“We had so many people who showed them love. The director, Ms. (Armelia) Oliver, said she had never seen anything like that in her life.”

James praised the efforts of City Council Administrative Assistant Carneetie Ellison, who helped at the event. Lighthouse Healthcare & Rehab is in James’s ward.

The council member said Thursday’s donation opportunity would not be the last.

“I’m going to make it an annual event or every six months,” James said, “and I’ll do it if anyone else at another facility needs help.”

LeMarkus A. Snow of Snow’s Cleaning Service and Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. were among the local residents who donated.

“Councilwoman James sponsored a great event for senior citizens at the Light House Nursing Home,” Snow said.