“There are hundreds of seniors in our community living alone and dependent on community agencies for food, socialization, and basic human contact,” said Resource Development Manager Aryele Redmond. “These bags brighten their days and warm their hearts during these cold winter months.”
Volunteer groups, businesses and individuals are asked to compile gift bags with various essentials, such as toiletries, boxes of Kleenex, puzzle books, socks, toothpaste and brushes, blankets and calendars.
They can use sugar free candy, devotional or puzzle books, wash cloths and soap or any other items which can be useful and help these senior citizens feel loved, Redmond said.
Last year in spite of challenges from Covid, the agency had enough volunteers supporting the program to contribute 1000 bags to area seniors. In addition to the Meals on Wheel recipients, the bags are also available for other homebound seniors who are not connected with those programs.
In order to deliver the gift bags by Valentine’s Day, the drop off is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Way office anytime by Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the United Way office. The address is 16 Peachtree Street, Clinton, S.C. 29325. Checks are also accepted and staff can then use the funds to collect needed items.