Retirement living can be lonely for many seniors during the holidays, as families members are sometimes too far away to visit.
In effort to improve the holiday season, the Girl Scouts of Troop 208 in Laurel, Mississippi have decided to deliver fruit baskets to some of the community's elderly people, according to the Laurel Leader-Call.
The project was organized to bring happiness to seniors, but also to teach the girls the true meaning of Christmas, according to their troop leader, Helen Crosby.
"They need to know that it's not all about them," she told the news source. "We are teaching them to think about others. They should be willing to give to others, not just at Christmas time, but throughout the year."
The Mississippi Department of Human Services says one out of every six people in the state is over the age of 60. While roughly 65 percent of these men and women live within 25 miles of relatives, a significant portion will spend Christmas alone, meaning projects like the fruit basket giveaway could boost the morale of many seniors in Mississippi.