Christmas gifts to be delivered to seniors

Adopt a grandparent sponsorships sought; deadline is Saturday, Dec. 15.

-- Staff reportDecember 13, 2012 

A group of Mary Kay consultants are hoping to deliver about 220 Christmas gifts to residents of Mountain Area assisted living and nursing homes and are seeking donations to help with the "Adopt a Grandparent" program.

"I am so excited about doing the "Adopt a Grandparent" program again this year," said Chrissy Boland Buckles of Coarsegold. "Our group of Mary Kay consultants is once again adopting residents of our local assisted living and nursing homes. Through the generosity of the community last year, we delivered close to 140 gifts and look forward to delivering about 220 gifts this year."

Boland Buckles said many of the people they are reaching out to have few if any visitors and receive few, if any, gifts during the holidays.

"The festive gifts that we are putting together will include socks, candy, a plush stuffed animal, peach-scented hand cream, energizing foot lotion and lip balm. The items are specifically requested by the facility's caregivers."

Boland Buckles said the gifts benefit the residents in several ways -- soothing their hands and feet, comfort from the soft, warm socks and a feeling of contentment having something as simple as a plush stuffed animal to hug.

On Dec. 22, Mary Kay consultants, community volunteers, including school children, make the rounds and deliver the presents.

"We are asking friends, family, customers and businesses in the community to help us with this project by adopting a grandparent for the holidays," Boland Buckles said. "$25 will sponsor a special gift for a senior and enable them to have a Merry Christmas. Sponsor's names or a business card will be attached to the gift. I know this time of year people are asked to give, give and give some more, but if people in our community are able to adopt one or more grandparents, it would be so appreciated."

Deadline for sponsorships is Monday, Dec. 15.

Details: Chrissy Boland Buckles, (559) 349-7642, chrissybuckles@gmail.com.

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