JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Living alone can be especially difficult while on vacation. For older people without families or loved ones, isolation can take its toll.
A Jackson-based nonprofit is making sure residents of two assisted living facilities aren’t forgotten this Christmas.
âWe’re going to dress up and go door to door with their gifts,â said Lauren Ladner of the Good Samaritan Center.
The director of volunteers is one of Santa’s assistants at the center for sorting, labeling and bagging gifts for the elderly who live alone. Last year, the association added seniors to its Christmas donations.
They provide meals to 100 seniors living in the Delhaven and Golden Key apartments twice a month.
âMany of these people suffer from isolation and especially in independent life situations like ours,â Ladner said. âThey may not have a regular point of contact for someone. Like in a retirement home; you usually have staff who will come and take care of that person â.
Since November, the organization has contacted each of the seniors, asking them to list what they need, something to wear, something to do and something to eat. Many ask for small things to make their Christmas bright.
âOne of my favorite things is that one of our clients asked for prayer. Another person asked for socks, âLadner said. âSome people have requested bedding or towels. a lot of people have asked for it â.
Two hundred donors were Secret Santa providing the gifts that filled the warehouse. Tuesday and Wednesday they will make deliveries to seniors and need volunteers.
âThey were very excited about it too,â Ladner added. “There was a lady to whom I said, ‘you will have to be in your apartment this time’. “And she said, ‘Oh, I’ll wait all day if I have to.'”
Contact the Good Samaritan Center at 601-355-6276 if you would like to volunteer to help with the distribution of gifts.
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