The Park Hills Senior Center is requesting the public’s help in making the holiday season a little more special for the individuals on the center’s meal delivery routes.
Director Holly Buxton said this year’s holiday effort will look different than years past, but with the same ultimate goal.
“We’ve done ‘adopt-a-senior,’ but we’re doing it a little bit different this year,” she said. “We’ll be sending gifts to all the people that we deliver meals to.”
She said the center’s volunteers deliver meals to 242 people in the community, with each of them receiving a gift bag later this month after donations are compiled.
“Rather than people bringing us money, we’re asking the public to pick something up and bring it right to us to send out in the gift bags,” Buxton said.
She said the staff is looking for items such as toiletries, gloves, sock hats, ear muffs, fruit, candy or anything else that would go well in a holiday gift bag.
In order to give the staff time to sort the items into gift bags, the donations will need to be dropped off at the senior center by Dec. 18.
“We’ll probably send them out on Dec. 21,” Buxton said. “So that will give us a couple days to make them up.”
Buxton said efforts like this are important for the community, especially at a time when it seems like there is less and less good news.
“We honestly hear a lot of bad, but we live in a community where everybody steps up to the plate and helps people out,” she said. “So if the community would like to get involved with this and kind of get into the Christmas spirit, we would really appreciate it.”
For more information, contact the Park Hills Senior Center at 573-431-4974.