Our Neighbor: Soroptimist International of Rockwall

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM

ROCKWALL - Tuesday's "Our Neighbor" features a group of women improving the lives of other women in their community.

These ladies look pretty in pink, especially to the people they serve. Soroptimist International of Rockwall is made up of executive and professional women who have loaded up with projects to help improve the lives of women and children who need them.
      
"I believe when you live in a community that you have an obligation to give something back to the community," said Cindy Lindley, a member of the group.

At the Reece Manor retirement home for low income senior citizens, the Soroptimist group have become a part of their family. They throw seniors birthday parties, provide them with free clothing and always keep the residents entertained with activities.

"Whoever has had a birthday in the last three months gets a gift card to Wal-Mart, and that is such a blessing to us," said Ann Appleby, a resident.

The Soroptimist members have also spread their message of love abroad. In Nigeria, they built a kitchen at a women's hospital so that patients and their families wouldn't have to prepare their own meals in the courtyard. But, it's at home where they serve the most.

The Soroptimist have a number of different projects here in Rockwall, but they focus mainly on women who need help and they found a lot of them here at Reece Manor. It's an emotional topic when you ask the residents about them.

"They care and they love us and we love them," Appleby said.

Soroptimist means "best for women," which is what the organization strives to achieve.

If you know someone WFAA can feature on an "Our Neighbor" report, e-mail cizzy@wfaa.com.

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