Community Caregivers spreads joy to the elderly
Some of the gifts collected this year by area organizations for distribution to seniors during the holiday season are shown in an office at Community Caregivers on Monday. (Hunter McGee/Union Leader Correspondent)
Community Caregivers of Greater Derry has joined Holy Cross Church and other area organizations to collect and deliver gift-wrapped presents to the elderly .
Along with Holy Cross, she praised the efforts of businesses such as Derry Chiropractic, which set up an angel tree in its office.
This holiday season, the organization worked to find out what items its clients wanted as gifts this year. Most of the requests were for practical everyday items, such as slippers, stamps or socks, Tanuma said.
Although it was a lot of work, Tanuma said the effort is more than worth it for the warmth it brings to seniors.
As of the beginning of the week, 155 gifts had been collected, Tanuma said.
One request this year was for a full-size mattress and box spring from a client who had been sleeping on an air mattress.
“It was actually a larger item than usual,” she said. “We weren’t sure how we were going to do it.”Fortunately, a mattress was located at one place and the box spring and frame from other locations, she said.“It looks like she’ll have a bed for Christmas, something to sleep on,” Dion said Wednesday, after helping collect one of the pieces of the set.
Other participants this year include: Pentucket Bank in Salem, First Parish Church UCC in Derry, and Community Crossroads in Atkinson.
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