BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Senior Center is seeking the community’s help for their third annual Christmas Care Packages give-away. These packages will be delivered to the county’s 80 In-Home Care clients, and approximately 75 of each item are still needed to complete the project.
The packages will be delivered to men and women; therefore, the items will need to be a mix of products for both men and women, or neutral items. Care Packages will be distributed the week before Christmas, through the workers at the Senior Center.
In-Home Care is a service the Senior Center provides to those who need some assistance in order to remain living independently in their own homes. According to Senior Center Director Sarah Campbell, this can range from help with light housework to assistance with personal care needs.
The items still needed include blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, socks, hard candy, crossword puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, combs/hairbrushes, razors, and shampoo/conditioner. Some harder to get items that they are emphasizing include blankets, shampoo and conditioner. Bars of soap were also needed; however, a local crafter reached out to Campbell, and volunteered to make handmade soap for all the clients.
The Upshur County Senior Center is accepting donations for Christmas Care Packages until December 11. Donations can be dropped off in a box on the front porch of the Senior Center, located at 28 N Kanawha Street, Monday through Friday. Items can also be dropped off at Fortify Ameriprise, next to Stone Tower Brews.
Campbell concluded, “We know that the holiday season can often be a difficult time for our seniors because of difficulties traveling or lack of family presence. This poses a very real danger from isolation. Our goal with these packages is to show our seniors that we care and that they have not been forgotten. We also love to see people write notes or cards that we can include! Our clients can vary in age and are about 50/50 men and women.” Help spread the Holiday cheer to a senior in the community!