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Nursing Home, Hospice Look to Spread Christmas Cheer

Daniel Prince

Donations requested to make Christmas brighter for our seniors

There are a couple of different ways to spread Christmas cheer to seniors in our area this holiday season.
Ellen Sagar Nursing Center is looking for volunteers to help make Christmas brighter for their residents. The program is being called “Be Santa for a Senior”. Ellen Sagar staff have put up a Christmas tree in the unit 1 lobby. The tree is decorated with a number of colorful paper Christmas bulbs. On each bulb, there is a number representing each resident, along with some information about that resident and some wishes, wants, and needs. Once you select one of the lights, the staff asks that you sign your name and selected number in the notebook beside the tree. All gifts need to be turned in by Friday, December 16, to the Activity Department. Be sure to attach the light bulb to the wrapped gift. If you have questions, contact Candi Turner in the Activity Department at 301-3515.

Crescent Hospice also is sponsoring a Senior Santa program. As in years past, they will be taking donations to distribute to the elderly in the community that may go without gifts this holiday season. All referrals and donations are appreciated. Donations can include toiletry items, towels, lotions, socks, slippers, blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, pajamas, robes, sweat suits, sweaters, large print word searches and puzzle books, and anything else you think a senior would enjoy. To refer a shut-in, call 466-1024 with the person’s name, address, age, gender, and size. To donate items, drop them off at Crescent Hospice’s office at 839 Main Street, Suite D, in Buffalo. You can also drop off items at the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 200 East Main Street. The deadline is December 14.

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