For many, the holiday season is a time to spend with friends and family, and to feast and enjoy the simpler things in life. But for many retirement living seniors, December signals the beginning of a long and cold winter season, when it is harder just to live.
This year, seniors in five counties in Indiana and one county in Ohio received special gifts to help them get through the holiday season without starving or freezing. As reported in the Palladium-Item newspaper, seniors in the region received non-perishable food and money as gifts.
“There are hundreds of elderly citizens in this region who are living on $674 or less per month of income,” Tony Shepherd of Area 9, one of the agencies involved, told the newspaper. “These food items will bring a little extra joy and comfort to the poorest and oldest of our local elderly.”
One local family honored their parents by matching individual donations for up to $1,000.
The Indiana counties included in the charitable drive were Union, Fayette, Wayne, Rush and Franklin, and in Ohio, it was Preble County.
At this time of year, when many seniors enjoy food, and time with friends and family, seniors who are less fortunate shouldn’t be overlooked.