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Christmas gifts still needed for county seniors program
by Christine Fonville
November 19, 2013 04:57 PM | 1322 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Henry County Council on Aging and the Henry County Senior Services Department still seek secret Santas to make the holidays brighter through the Adopt-A-Senior program.

The program, which was revived in 2004, allows residents to buy a gift for a senior in the community or simply make a donation.

About 140 seniors are yet to be adopted through the program, which extends through Dec. 9.

Spokeswoman Melissa Robinson said, “there are 275 seniors in the county who receive Meals on Wheels and other in-home services from Henry County Senior Services. Many of the recipients of the Adopt-a-Senior program are on fixed incomes and homebound.”

This year’s suggested gift item is a set of towels, including a bath towel, hand towel and two washcloths, along with personal toiletry items such as bath powder, shampoo, conditioner, bath oil, mouthwash, toothpaste, shower gel or body lotion.

Additional gift ideas include fuzzy socks, with rubber grips on the soles and rubberized bath mats, to help prevent slips in the shower.

“The gift ideas are helpful because we know these are items our seniors can use,” said Rita Green, coordinator of volunteer services for Henry County Senior Services. “Many of them are on a strict budget, and buying or replacing some of these items often gets put on the back burner.”   

She said that the program is a small way to let seniors in the community who may have few to no family members know that they are thought of during the holiday season.

“Sometimes these bath items are a luxury for a senior in need,” she said. “For most [people] a set of towels and personal care products might not seem like a big gift, but for many of the program’s participants, it means so much because it lets our seniors know we are thinking of them and it really means so much.”

Residents interested in participating should call Senior Services at (770) 288-7000, which will provide information on a senior in need.

All gifts should be placed in a gift bag with a name tag and delivered to the Heritage Senior Center, 1050 Florence McGarity Blvd. in McDonough, by Dec. 9.

Delivering the gifts in person is also possible after checking in with Senior Services.

Green said delivering the gift in person is a special touch that often gives homebound seniors an opportunity for quality time and interaction.

Senior Services can notify the senior citizen of a volunteer’s impending visit.

“Our seniors love having visitors, but it is best if we let them know someone will be visiting,” Green said.

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