There's someone living near you with no money, no family...none that care, at least, who could really use a little kindness this holiday season. And for about $20 you can make them smile.
Only you can do it...because they're the forgotten. The forgotten elderly and infirm living in care facilities on government assistance.
If you don't remember them, no one will.
My sister Debbi brought them to our family's attention. The last few years, our Hanukkah celebrations have been centered on Toys for Tots. Debbi and my other sister, Shari, came up with the wonderful idea of wrapping up toys to give to each other. There aren't any young kids in our family anymore, so we have a blast unwrapping the amazing toys they make today, which they then take to donation centers in the county.
This year Debbi suggested we buy a couple less toys and give gifts to our otherwise forgotten seniors. She called a local care home, and they were thrilled. They said that many of their residents badly needed warm house clothes, like sleepwear, robes, sweaters and slippers—ones with non-slip soles. They gave Debbi the sizes and needs of six residents, one for each of us.
I bought a soft set of sweats and a pair of slippers for less than $25 at Target. Everyone else filled their requests for that amount or less. Then Debbi dropped them off at the care home to be put under the tree for Christmas morning.
It doesn't take much to make someone happy.
Times are tough, but if you can swing it, please show these seniors they haven't been forgotten. Call a care home, find out what they need, and give them a gift for under the tree.
They'll thank you for thinking of them all next year.
With my warmest wishes this holiday season,