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Picnic time for the Independent Living Center in Joplin

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 The Independent Living Center in Joplin invited its residents and their families out for a picnic.  Besides food and drinks, singer Duke Mason performed.  This year's theme was Viva Las Vegas!  

Caregivers say they enjoy seeing happiness in everyone's eyes.

"For a lot of people, this is one of the key social activities of their year.  Several of them have significant disabilities, are often unable to leave their home for many activities.  And for them to be able to come here, have fun, enjoy themselves, it's a big social activity for them," says Stephanie Brady with the Independent Living Center.

"For us, it's just a day for us to be able to enjoy our consumers.  On a day-to-day basis, you get bogged down in your work and you forget sometimes about the people that we work for," says Brady.

This was the ninth annual picnic at the Independent Living Center.

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