Story by Brooke Kimmel, Aging Advocates
This year is the year to really make a difference in our community. It has been an incredibly difficult year across the board. Some of us have been able to work remotely, go back to school, shop with precautions, and even have dinner with our immediate family. However, there is a community that has not had those luxuries. That community is our seniors in facilities and resident communities throughout Payne County. They have not been able to take advantage of those things that we now consider luxuries.
The Holiday Cheer Drive is a great way for us to give to the exact people who could use a little extra love and cheer this year but are still socially isolated due to CoVid.
We are looking for sponsors and individual donors for our Holiday Cheer Drive! If you are a local business and would like to participate please contact Brooke Kimmel at 405-332-6066 for more information. If you are an individual looking to donate please deliver the items to 206 S. Main, STE B. in Stillwater, or call for a pick-up.
Our goal is to serve 400+ in Payne County with gifts like these:
- Throw Blankets
- Non-skid Socks (Variety of sizes)
- Men’s Crew Socks
- No-slip Slippers
- Winter Hats
- Women’s and Men’s Sweatpants/Sweatshirts Large, XL, XXL, and 3X
- Men’s White T-shirts
- Lip Balm
- Body Wash
- Sweet Treats
- Non-perishable Snacks
- Magnifying Glasses
- Books – Activity Books – Jigsaw Puzzles – Adult Coloring Books
- Written or Homemade Holiday Cards
We will be accepting donations until December 14th. All items will be delivered to the specified areas before Christmas Eve.
We cannot physically be with them but we can show our love and remind them that they are not forgotten. We know this would put some beautiful smiles on a lot of faces and warm some wonderful hearts!
About Aging Advocates
Aging Advocates, a group of area businesses and agencies in the Payne County area meet monthly to advocate for older adults. From their experiences, they innovate ideas and raise awareness of older adult issues. It is important to look at the developing needs of the aging population and support, educate, and identify services valuable to a life fully lived.