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Gift programs benefit seniors over holidays
Josephine Hand prepares food for the local Meals on Wheels program Tuesday. Forsyth County Senior Services is offering a couple of ways residents can help local seniors during the holidays. - photo by Autumn McBride
As the “Christmas Song” notes, the holiday season is for kids from ages 1 to 92.And to not forget the county’s oldest children, or those young at heart, Forsyth County Senior Services has a couple programs that give residents a chance to share the spirit.People can donate gifts for the holidays or buy meal gift certificates for the Meals on Wheels program to spread some cheer to seniors this season.In the Holiday Gift Angels program, seniors list on a gift tag an item they would like to receive. Residents can then drop by or call the Center at Charles Place to take a tag and shop for a senior.Unwrapped gifts with the tag should be dropped off at the center before Dec. 7.Some of the items typically requested include gift certificates, robes, gloves, blankets and cookies, said Shelley Johnson, senior services director.“They’re things that maybe you would think of getting for your grandparents,” she said. “[These are] usually not real high-priced items, but something that reminds them that someone cares about them.”To give the gift of food, home-delivered meals for seniors can be purchased for as low as the price of a meal.The cost is $3.45 per meal, $17.25 for a week, $75.90 for one month, and $897 for an entire year.