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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Donated gifts provide holiday cheer to local seniors

The name tags and collection box
at the Juke Box Dine
When it comes to holiday shopping, let’s not forget the older folks shut away in assisted living facilities. Home Instead Senior Care, the Annandale-based franchise that provides in-home services to the elderly, makes it easy with its Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Home Instead has “adopted” the residents of five local senior communities: Lincolnia Senior Apartments, Sleepy Hollow Manor, Morris Glen, Commonwealth, and Mount Vernon House, says Amy Podboy Reynolds, recruitment and retention coordinator.

There are collection points around the area where people can pick up tags with the name of a senior and his or her gift request and drop off presents for them at the same location. In the Annandale area, you can pick up the names of seniors on a Christmas tree in the back room of the Juke Box Diner and in baskets of ornaments at Smith & Clarkson Deli in the Ravensworth Shopping Center and  Curves for Women at the Barcroft Shopping Center.

Home Instead will collect all the gifts Dec. 14. The public is invited to a wrapping party at Ossian Hall at the Annandale Fire Station at 7128 Columbia Pike on Dec. 18, 5-8 p.m. The event features a performance by Elvis tribute artist Lionel Ward. and food donated by Giant, Dominos Pizza, and Chik-fil-A. Home Instead staff and volunteers will distribute the gifts on Dec. 21.

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