The San Juan Daily Star
Ceiba’s elderly show off items made with recycled materials
By The Star Staff
Citizens at the Municipality of Ceiba’s Center for the Elderly on Thursday displayed women’s dresses, fans, flip-flops, vases, lamps and a quilt they had made with recycled materials.
“Surprised by my elders; they always make a great effort in every event in which they participate,” Ceiba Mayor Samuel Rivera Báez said in a written statement. “Today, they showed us, once again, the potential they have and continue to contribute to society. They fill me with energy, they infect me with their joy and it is always an honor that they allow me to be part of their activities.”
The dressmakers made their creations to their own size and had the opportunity to model them in the town’s public square. All the items created by center participants were also exhibited on several tables.
The items were made with the aim of carrying a message, a call for environmental protection, as part of the celebration of Planet Earth and Recycling Month.
Participants used newspapers, cardboard, plastic, thread and pieces of cloth, among other things.
The eastern town’s senior center has 55 active participants who receive day services Monday through Friday, and another 45 participants who receive services in their homes. The center has spaces available to add members ages 60 and older. Those interested can contact 787-885-2180 ext. 202.