Community members, local businesses, college students, and Warm Hearth Village (WHV) employees adopted 120 low-income seniors at Warm Hearth Village in 2020. The program saw 167% growth with gifts worth $10,617.00 compared with 2019, the inaugural year, when 45 seniors were helped with $2698.00 worth of gifts.
Seniors filled out their needs/wish lists in September and these were shared with donors. Lists included requests for food, personal care and pet supplies and indicated any special wish list items. Wish lists ranged from a gift card to a local fast-food restaurant, to a cowboy hat, to special food to meet their pet’s restricted dietary needs. A sleigh-load of gifts came pouring in from the community and were distributed the week of December 14.
Geraldine Grass, is pictured here receiving her gifts from Resident Services Coordinator, Cindy Wiley-Lamb. She said she was overwhelmed with delight when she opened the door and saw the gifts. “I could use everything in it and it was absolutely wonderful of all those who donated,” said Grass.
WHV would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the Silver Santa fund drive. The Village is fortunate to be in the midst of such a generous community, especially during the isolation of the pandemic.