Want to put a smile on the faces of 120 senior citizens who do not have any family to visit on Christmas morning ?
Every Year we show up in huge numbers with lots of gifts for the Seniors at The Summit House and I am hoping that we can do it again this year. (I apologize for setting this up so late; I have had alot going on this month - 18 month old and a 5 month pregnant wife LOL)
I hope a couple of days is enough time to throw a few small gifts together and show up to share your smile, hold someones hand, say Merry Christmas, or whatever else you would like to brighten the day for our seniors.
In the past the best gifts were pairs of socks, chocolates, lotions, soaps, stuffed animals. Blankets are okay too but I think they have gotten alot of those over the years. Sweatshirts of any size works too. Basically anything you would give your grandparent is a good idea for this meetup. Just make sure not to bring anything that has glass in it or is flammable.
If you are not able to bring a gift PLEASE do not worry about that !! The gift is no where near as important as you just being there to give a hug or listen to someone talk to you. I only mention gift ideas because I always get asked what to bring. So if you cannot afford a gift than don't worry about it at all =) This meetup is not about the gift !!
As for food, you are welcome to bring any kind of Christmas Food you want. The staff will make sure the residents don't eat anything they should not. Just be sure to ask before you give anything directly to a resident.
Kids are welcome too. I always get asked this one =) But please prepare them before you come because many of these seniors are ill and some have Dementia. I just don't want any of the kids to be afraid if they do not understand a resident.
Pets are welcome too. Some volunteers bring dogs and the residents LOVE IT. But please be sure your pet is friendly with other pets so that we don't have any issues with barking.
Again, I am sorry for the late meet up.I know that my RAK'rs will come through and join John Spencer and I to pull of yet another amazing Christmas visit to the Summit Nursing home. Hope to see you there.
Jay K. Duplessie and John Spencer