Originally Published: January 9, 2016 6 a.m.
On behalf of our partners and recipients, Home Instead Senior Care wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the people of the Quad Cities who made Christmas brighter for 225 elders in our communities through our annual Be A Santa To A Senior program.
As people age, they often are left behind by family and friends who have passed on or moved away. The holidays can be an especially painful and lonely time for them. Receiving simple gifts, and especially the warmth of a friendly visit, can help immeasurably to cheer them during this special season. To quote one of our supporters, "I have been participating in this program for
several years. It feels so good to know you are helping brighten a senior's holidays."
Our non-profit partners who served on the steering committee and identified the gift recipients were People Who Care (serving Prescott and Chino Valley), Meals on Wheels (Prescott and Prescott Valley), Area Agency on Aging (serving all of Yavapai County), West Yavapai Guidance Clinic-Senior Peer Prevention, and Casa de Pinos Senior Housing Community.
Businesses and merchants that hosted the trees included Prescott YMCA, Las Fuentes Resort Village, National Bank of Arizona (Prescott Valley), Alta Vista Retirement Community, and Walgreens Pharmacy in Chino Valley.
In addition, the following individuals donated their time and energy in helping making this year's program a success. They include Judy Pogledich, hand-made quilts & lap blankets; Lonesome Valley Quilters Guild, along with the Chino Valley Quilters Guild, donated hand-made quilts and lap blankets; Yavapai County Attorney's Office purchased gifts; Lynn McCoy donated gift cards in memory of her mother; Arlene McCarthy donated money for wrapping supplies and coordinated two gentlemen to help unload unwrapped gifts; Rich and Marti Biel and crew of Biel Auto Repair donated supplies, wrapped gifts, and loaded wrapped gifts; Bert Ijams, director of Meals on Wheels Prescott, allowed the use of the MOW dining room for the wrapping party; Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers assisted in setting up for the wrap party and wrapping gifts; plus 50 or more community volunteers.
Special thanks to all the wonderful community members of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, who took a gift tag from a tree and purchased the requested items, helped to wrap and deliver the gifts and offer much appreciated companionship. We are blessed by your generosity.
Home Instead Senior Care
Susan D. Abbott, Franchise Owner
Pamela Cregger, Community Service Representative
Patricia Ellsworth, Recruitment & Retention Manager