Once again, the little things are everything. And for local, homebound seniors, Christmas surprises are just weeks away.
The members of Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Center, in cooperation with an organization called Home Instead, are working to make certain that seniors have some gifts this Christmas. A giving tree has been placed outside the fitness center. On that tree are tags with gift items requested by seniors. The wishes prove that sometimes the little things mean the most.
Case workers spend weeks gathering names of the homebound and then pass on the wish lists. Those lists are then transferred to the gift tags. The fitness center members get first dibs and buying the gifts. Later, the Christmas wish fulfillment is opened up to county staff. If there are any left, the public may buy a gift and return it by the deadline.
This year some of the tags on the tree include some of the most ordinary items that you wouldn't think about giving as gifts - kitchen towels.
Other gifts on the lists include: a pre-paid phone card, costume jewelry, perfume, an electric razor, yarn, slippers, art supplies, and music from the 1950s.
This annual project was undertaken by Home Instead as an alternative for Christmas giving. People think to help children for the holidays but few think of homebound seniors. This is a cooperative partnership between various agencies.