Nonprofit 'Gifts for Seniors' helps lift isolated seniors' spirits

December 11, 2018 03:19 PM

There's a big push in the Twin Cities to help our senior neighbors who may otherwise be forgotten over the holidays.

A program called Gifts for Seniors is collecting gifts for about 4,000 isolated seniors this year.

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The nonprofit organization has set up nearly 150 blue donation barrels throughout the metro at a variety of shops, businesses and fitness centers.

They're asking for new, unwrapped gifts. That could include clothing, kitchen appliances, bedding and personal care items.

The gifts will be given to people over the age of 65 who have little or no contact with family or friends. They also give gifts to adults with medical or mobility challenges.

"They're just so thankful to get any little gift," said Wendy Gile, who serves on the nonprofit's board. "They could get a puzzle or a microwave, something that seems so small to us, but to them it's the world."

About 100 partner agencies, like nursing units and social services programs, will visit the Gifts for Seniors Operations Center in Minneapolis over the next few weeks to pick out gifts for their clients.

Coordinators say people who are incredibly isolated can suffer rapid physical decline and mental health issues, so having face-to-face contact with someone delivering a gift can boost a senior's spirits.


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"It's some kind of connection. It's knowing that somebody cares for them at this time of the year and somebody thought of them," said volunteer Nicole Spader. "It brightens their day, it brightens their month, it brightens their year."

Gifts are being collected in blue barrels and boxes until New Year's Day.

The organization is also looking for volunteers to help with sorting and distribution.

For more information on where to donate or how to get involved, click here

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