department on aging senior gift box christmas

The Department on Aging hopes to distribute 600-700 gift boxes this year to homebound seniors in the community.

By Beth Lawrence

The Jackson County Department on Aging continues to need help to ensure that the holidays will be brighter for some local seniors.

Each year the department, whose goal is to meet the needs of seniors, packs Christmas Boxes to give away to between 600 and 700 homebound seniors.

The program relies on sponsors and donations to make it work broadly and reach more people.

“We need additional donations to meet this goal this year,” Department on Aging Director Eddie Wells said. “Many of our elderly residents are homebound with little to no family in the area, and this program helps make their holiday special.”

The items are gathered at the Department on Aging at 100 County Services Park off Webster Road, packed into wrapped milk boxes and distributed.

Distribution began Dec. 7 this year and continues until Christmas.

Wells suggests donating items such as socks, scarves, hats and gloves, flashlights and batteries, nonperishable snack items and food in boxes and pop top cans, lap blankets, paper towels and toilet tissue, personal care items such as lip balm, lotion, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and cleaning supplies.

Those who wish can also pack a box and drop it off at the department. The organization is also in need of people to wrap boxes. Boxes can be picked up at supermarkets, wrapped and dropped off at the Department on Aging, Monetary donations allow staff to purchase items to fill out boxes which might be missing items.

“Please consider donating items to help our elderly in Jackson County,” Wells said.