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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Annandale comes together to wrap gifts for seniors

"Elvis" made it a party.

Dozens of volunteers sorted and wrapped over 2,000 holiday gifts for residents of senior living facilities Dec. 18. The annual event gift-wrapping party sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Annandale took place at the Annandale Fire Station’s Ossian Hall.

And it was a party, with entertainment by Elvis tribute artist Lionel Ward and food donated by Magill’s Restaurant, Dominos Pizza, Chik-fil-A, and Giant.
Left to right: Devin Jackson; Angelee Mehta, a volunteer at the Golden Living Center; Liz Cruz, activity assistant at the Gold Living Center; and Mark Schubert. Jackson and Schubert attend Lake Braddock Secondary School.
Local residents shopped for the gifts after selecting the names of seniors at several participating stores, including the Juke Box Diner in central Annandale, Smith & Clarkson Deli in the Ravensworth Shopping Center, and  Curves for Women at the Barcroft Shopping Center.

The gifts will be distributed Dec. 21 to the Lincolnia Senior Apartments, Golden Living Center/Sleepy Hollow Manor, Morris Glen, Commonwealth, and Mount Vernon House. Gifts included pajamas, toiletries, blankets, puzzles books, socks, bathrobes, art supplies, and much more.

Left to right: sisters Christine Gould, Linda Gould, and Brittany Gould. Christine and Brittany go to George Mason University.
Ward livened things up with Elvis songs and classic rock from other artists. He had been in a rock and roll show band in Germany years ago when he took on the Elvis role and he’s been traveling the world as Elvis ever since. He met his wife, Barbie, at an Elvis concert more than 30 years ago, and their home in Burke is full of Elvis-related items fans had given him.Ward has some 20 Elvis outfits, made by B&K Enterprises, the same company that made Elvis’s outfits during his Las Vegas period. Each one is custom fit, full of glitz, and costs $2,000 to $7,000. 

Elvis tribute artist Lionel Ward with members of the Annandale Women's Club, Charlotte Sell, Helen Winter, and Alice Bailey.

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