Oh, boy, here I go again – I heard that song on my car radio this week and now it just keeps playing over and over. “So this is Christmas – and what have you done – another year is over – a new one just begun.”
Well, to be honest, I can’t even begin to fathom that the year is over and it’s Christmas time again. I will never know where this year has gone. And, I’m about as ready for Christmas as I’m ever going to be. I really haven’t seen or heard from many people who feel otherwise.
Our seniors are having a wonderful holiday thanks to the generosity of so many caring individuals in the community. Each year we put out the plea for “Santa’s Sacks for Seniors” and then wonder if we will get enough packages to go around. This year we were even more concerned due to the economy and gloomy outlook. Many people just don’t have enough income to stretch. As usual we have had an outpouring of love and compassion for our elderly clients.
Our sincere thanks on behalf of our clients are extended to all who so graciously gave from their heart for our seniors.
A special thank you to our dear, faithful friends of the Alpha Omega Sunday School Class from Trinity Methodist Church, lead by their very special elf, Ruth Ann Smith. Each of our home-delivered meal clients received a very special gift from them. For many years now, no holiday passes all year long that our clients don’t receive a remembrance from this caring group.
And, then came the Santa Sacks. As has been their custom for many years, our largest donation of Sacks was brought in from our dear friends at Live Oak RV Resort. We have received phenomenal support from the Varners, owners of Live Oak, their residents, and the Park Church for more than the last fifteen years. We are so very grateful for this vital, continuing partnership.
Gifts also came from Santa’s Helpers at Toby’s RV Park, DeSoto Village, Arcadia Village, Little Willie’s RV Park, and Sunrise Mobile Home Park. Many kind individuals in the community stopped by bearing Santa’s Sacks, too.
For our staff playing Santa this week, it was great to be able to bring this outpouring of love. For many of our elderly, this will be their only Christmas gift. All were so appreciative and asked that we convey their deepest appreciation to all who helped.
To all who remembered our seniors this holiday, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Through your generosity, the holidays have been made brighter for our elderly. You have helped to rekindle the spirit of Christmas in their hearts. For many of them, Santa would not have visited had it not been for you. Many have outlived family and friends and find themselves alone at the holiday season.
Together, we have made DeSoto County a caring place at the holidays for our seniors.
“And so this is Christmas – I hope you have fun – the near and the dear ones – the old and the young – A very Merry Christmas – and a Happy New Year – Let’s hope it’s a good one – without any fear.”
Karen Blanchette is Director o f Senior Friendship Centers of DeSoto County and can be reached at 494-5965.