The holiday season is the time for emphasizing giving back to others in need. We celebrate by giving toys to children, food to the hungry, donating to charities, and helping our elder family and friends avoid loneliness and isolation. But did you know;
- Close to 28% or 12.1 million people over 65 live alone.
- 21% or one in five people over 65 do not drive, and it’s the main reason the isolate themselves.
- Hunger threatens over 9 million older adults.
- 1 million homebound seniors are malnourished.
- Elderly suicide rates are high.
- 87% of Americans receive unpaid care at home from family and friends.
All to often, our seniors in the community live alone, care for themselves, or depend on a family member for help and are often short on food. It seems impossible that a short decade or two ago, these same folks were contributing to society and working very hard. Now, older age has left them on their own and fending for themselves.
To brighten someone’s holiday season and since you’re out shopping for gifts for your family and friends anyway, would you please consider picking up an item or two from our wish list?
Donations can be dropped off at the Community Center Mon-Thurs. 8-4:30pm, Fri 8-1.
It is with deep gratitude; we thank you for your donation and would like to wish you a happy holiday season.