Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shelter's 'Bingo Lady' is there for the rewards, not the jackpot

From Connecticut-

Susie Hermanson spins a small gray basket sending dozens of little white balls spinning in a clockwise direction.

Twelve sets of eyes watch her closely.

She stops after one of the balls rolls from its metallic enclosure. Across the table, 10 feet away, Sherry Gieger has her fingers crossed, both hands raised above her head.

"O. 70," Hermanson calls out.

"Bingo!" Gieger exclaims, shooting out of her seat.

Gieger brings her sheet to Hermanson, who examines the numbers, her black eyeglasses perched on the end of her nose.

"We have a lot of false alarms," Hermanson says, but tonight Gieger's sheet is really a winner.
It's a cool, rainy autumn night, but inside it's warm and dry at 76 Federal St. The 50 or so people here know they'll have to be back on the street by 7 a.m. the next morning, but for now, it's bingo night at the homeless shelter in the St. James Episcopal Church.

For Hermanson, 67, the shelter's unofficial "Bingo Lady," it's all about providing that short reprieve from life's daily hardships.

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