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Treeo residents deliver 700 pairs of socks to Seager Memorial Clinic for those in need

By Deborah Wilber - | Nov 15, 2021

Deborah Wilber, Standard-Examiner

Treeo Senior Living residents deliver 700 pairs of socks to the Seager Memorial Clinic at the Ogden Rescue Mission on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Pictured from left to right are clinic Executive Director Jarika Mays, Treeo residents JoAnn Taylor and Grace Gabrielsen, and Treeo General Manager Tiffany Shisler.

OGDEN — Seager Memorial Clinic, servicing the uninsured and under-insured, received 700 pairs of socks on Friday thanks to a donation event hosted by Treeo Senior Living in South Ogden.

Treeo residents Grace Gabrielsen and JoAnn Taylor said they hold the clinic near and dear as they both worked there years ago. Gabrielsen said nothing lifts your spirits like a pair of fuzzy, warm socks, so Treeo held a sock drive as one of its many events supporting local nonprofit organizations.

According to General Manager Tiffany Shisler, Treeo’s residents love getting involved with the community. “It’s fun thinking about all the things they get to do,” she said.

On Friday, Gabrielsen and Taylor were accompanied by Shisler to the Ogden Rescue Mission, where the clinic is located, to hand-deliver eight bags stuffed full of brand-new socks for anyone in need.

Jerika Mays, the clinic’s executive Director, recalled a homeless man she treated for mild frost bite last spring. “All he wanted was a warm pair of socks for his feet,” she said.

Deborah Wilber, Standard-Examiner

Ogden Rescue Mission, home of Seager Medical Clinic, is pictured Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

Gabrielsen, 92, does not remember how long she worked for Dr. Seager, for whom the clinic is named, but she remembers the people, including those with no socks and infections on their feet.

“Their socks get so wet and stiff, and they dry stiff. They’re no fun to wear,” she said.

Taylor shared a story of a man named Marvin who did not want to be at the clinic but was horribly ill — so much so she drove him to a hospital. Marvin did not want to go in alone, Taylor said, so she went with him. After recovering from a ruptured appendix, Marvin asked Taylor how he could repay her for saving his life. “I’ll take a hug,” she said.

Taylor, also 92, says she has volunteered at a lot of places, but the clinic was the most rewarding to her. During their visit, Mays welcomed Gabrielsen and Taylor to take a walk down memory lane through the clinic. Gabrielsen thanked the Seager staff for allowing her to see it one last time.

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