Bring a little cheer to someone in long-term care by participating in the Silver Bells gift drive this holiday season.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass is accepting gifts to fulfill the wishes of residents living in nursing homes, personal care homes and family care homes, who would otherwise receive no gifts during the holidays.
“We find that 60 percent of long-term care residents do not have a regular visitor, meaning many residents are forgotten during the holidays. Residents miss the tradition of being home with family and loved ones,” said Denise Kennedy, Bluegrass district ombudsman.
“Our Silver Bells project presents the opportunity for the community to give gifts to residents so they are able to share in the holiday spirit. Last year, the community rallied to provide thoughtful gifts to 655 long-term care residents. I am excited to watch the program continue to grow, and I’m challenging our community to beat last year’s record,” Kennedy said.
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Residents frequently fill their wish lists with the basics: socks, sweatpants and sweatshirts, nice-smelling shampoo, lotion and body wash, chocolates, stamps and quarters to buy snacks from the nursing home vending machines.
To learn more about specific resident wishes, call 859-277-9215.Gifts should be turned in by 4 p.m. Dec. 14 to the agency’s office, 3138 Custer Drive, Suite 110, Lexington. The gifts should be unwrapped and placed in a gift bag.