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Silver screen turns to gold for Baltimore seniors

Silver screen turns to gold for Baltimore seniors

Social worker Chris Muldowney and film professor Christopher Llewellyn Reed have found a way to translate their love of movies into, among other things, groceries, fire insurance, hearing aids, a mattress, a new window, the vet bill for a beloved cat and flowers for a 100th birthday.

Their monthly donation-only film series in Baltimore has generated more than $35,000 since 2005 to help needy seniors who might otherwise wait two years for an official helping hand.

Muldowney manages elder case workers for Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, a private nonprofit that has, since 1849, helped needy families, children and seniors. Her workday often consists of...