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Hampton seniors help decorate state’s DC tree

Amanda Wallace, a Hampton artist, knows first-hand the therapeutic benefits of creativity — and she enjoys passing those benefits on to others.

Last month she worked with almost three dozen residents at the Coliseum Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Hampton on a special crafts project. The residents designed and created ornaments that will adorn Virginia’s tree alongside this year’s National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

“A lot of them told me they hadn’t done an art project since they were in high school,” Wallace said. “That’s been a long time — some of them were 80 or 90 years old. It brought back memories to them, and it got them talking about their younger days. They were so happy.”

The project was done through Tidewater Arts Outreach, a Hampton Roads organization that uses a wide range of arts as tools of healing.

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