Grandmother, teen both minister to seniors
Fourteen-year-old Shianna Carlisle feels comfortable working with senior citizens. She believes that's because her grandmother, Ann Carlisle, has brought her to visit senior citizens at Sun Terrace since Shianna was an infant. "I bring joy to the residents," Ann said. "We do Bible studies, visitation on Friday and church on Sunday." Ann visits and prays with residents of Sun Terrace as part of her Mathew 25 Ministry, something she has been doing for 20 years. "The Lord called me to do it," said Ann, who lives in Wimauma. "I love it here. They respond very positively."Shianna, who is in eighth-grade at Beth Shields Middle School in Ruskin, said she looks up to her grandmother as a strong role model. "I've been coming since I was 2 weeks old," Shianna said. "She taught me how to be a better person and how to give back to the community. My grandmother is like a mom - she is everything to me." Ann and Shianna volunteered together for a recent "Funny Fashion Show" at Sun Terrace. Carrying a tea pot, Ann modeled her "tea bag lady," outfit with tea bags pinned to her. Meanwhile, Shianna wore a "house dress," with little house cutouts pinned to her blue polka-dot dress. Evelyn Beck of Sun City Center, a volunteer at Sun Terrace, notices how the residents light up when they see Ann and Shianna. "I think it's marvelous," Beck said. "She is a beautiful lady. She says a prayer and then goes to every room to visit. It cheers them up."
Editor Laura Cone may be reached at (813) 731-2008.