The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project is an important partnership of Senior Connections and the City of Richmond Office on Aging and Disabilities. A press release for Senior Connections states that this initiative promotes healthy aging and helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities. The Project brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.
Over the years, the project has grown from a gift of food during the holiday season to granting wishes. Through the Holiday Gift Basket Project, they state that they have assisted seniors with obtaining mattresses and box springs, winter coats and other clothing, televisions, radios, and emergency preparedness items. These special gifts have greatly enhanced their quality of life. The gifts have helped seniors who often had to choose between paying utility bills, purchasing medications and food or taking care of the rent or mortgage. The special gifts have helped more than ever during the recent years of economic recession.
This year many seniors have been impacted by the economy. Senior Connections is responding to calls from additional seniors seeking assistance. Therefore, they are pleased to announce their continued partnership with the City of Richmond Office on Aging and Disabilities. The partnership allows Senior Connections to reach and assist more seniors who are in the greatest need throughout the metropolitan Richmond area. They are asking the community for support.
The Holiday Gift Basket Project is accepting donations through Friday, December 9, 2011. Individuals and local organizations, including civic, nonprofit, faith and corporate, wishing to donate items may drop them off at the Richmond East District Center, 701 N. 25th Street or Senior Connections, 24 E. Cary St., Second Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Donations needed are non-perishable food items, canned goods, toiletries, paper products, emergency preparedness items and gift cards for grocery stores and pharmacies. In addition to items for the gift baskets, other emergency needs may be met through monetary contributions from individuals and area businesses interested in supporting the Project. Please make checks or money orders payable to Senior Connections, write “Holiday Project “on the memo line of your check and mail to SC/CAAA, 24 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Donations are tax deductible.