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Local nonprofits give back during holiday season
by Nneka Okona
January 03, 2013 01:04 PM | 1060 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye <br>
From left, Janice Terry, Case Manager Assistant, Rita Green, Volunteer Special Events Coordinator, and Pam Cates, Health Services Coordinator, work together to package gifts of donated personal care products and towels for seniors at the Heritage Senior Center Friday morning.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Janice Terry, Case Manager Assistant, Rita Green, Volunteer Special Events Coordinator, and Pam Cates, Health Services Coordinator, work together to package gifts of donated personal care products and towels for seniors at the Heritage Senior Center Friday morning.
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At the end of a season filled to the brim with presents, good food and family, nonprofits in Henry County have something positive to reflect upon — all those who were helped due to the generosity of those in the community.

Rita Green, coordinator of the annual Adopt-a-Senior program, said that this year, the benefits were definitely felt by the seniors enrolled.

Adopt-a-Senior is a program sponsored by the Henry County Council on Aging and the Senior Services Department that pairs residents who want to be charitable with seniors who need small items just in time for the holiday season.

“This year’s program was a huge success,” Green said. “We adopted out over 300 homebound seniors and had numerous walk-in gifts that we very much needed. The community’s generosity and the outpouring of love were overwhelming.”

Donations requested for the program included items such as bath and hand towels, shampoo, conditioner, bath oil, mouthwash, toothpaste, shower gel or body lotion.

These donations were requested at the Heritage Senior Center by Dec. 6.

Those who donated also had the option of personally delivering the items to their adoptee.

Although the program was touted as a success this year, there was a bit of panic when more than 140 seniors remained unadopted.

It worked out in the end, however, said Green.

“I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all the help and support senior services receive throughout the year for our seniors,” she said. “Without the community and volunteers we could not touch as many lives as we do.”

Helping in His Names Ministries, Inc., a food pantry located in Stockbridge, had their share of difficulty for the holiday season as well.

Nola Love, president of the organization, said that there was a period of time around Thanksgiving where their food pantry was bare, but once again, the generosity of the community made all the difference.

Henry County Senior Services has no upcoming events until May, with their planned Miles for Meals walk.

“Next is the Miles for Meals walk, the first Saturday in May,” she said. “All monies collected will go to the home delivered meal program. We deliver over two hundred hot lunch meals Monday through Friday. This walk is the only fundraiser we have.”

Green said once again the support of the community is needed to “be able to add new clients and help with the existing program.”

Those interested in volunteering can contact Green at (770) 228-7010.

Information: www.co.henry.ga.us/seniorserivces.
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