Dec 14, 2009 7:40 PM by Greg Boyce

Volunteers needed to deliver gifts to elderly

Silver Key volunteers began delivering Christmas gifts to seniors last Thursday but will be unable to deliver all of the 1,500 remaining donated gifts without help. More volunteers, 150 to be exact, are needed between now and Friday to assure no one goes without.

The holiday season is often a very difficult time for seniors. A time when the pains of dealing with loneliness, loss of loved ones, isolation, and sadness are especially intense - regardless of financial situation. In order to combat financial and emotional poverty among older adults, Silver Key Senior Services conducts an annual holiday project to provide holiday food boxes, gifts, and meaningful interpersonal contact.

"This is really more about the companionship than it is about the gift.  We're trying to get out there and provide some comfort and some friendship to seniors in our community who might otherwise be alone over the holidays," Lorri Orwig of Silver Key Senior Services.

The 150 volunteer drivers woul deliver Christmas presents and spend up to 15-30 minutes each visiting with seniors for the holidays. Silver Key estimates that it will have received 2,000 total gifts donated through the Giving Tree program by the end of this week for seniors and elderly people in Colorado Springs.

What: 150 volunteer "Santas for Seniors" to deliver Christmas gifts.
When: TUESDAY through FRIDAY - now until December 18th, 2009, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pick-up times)
Where: Silver Key Senior Services, 2250 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Contact Lorri Orwig at 884-2313 or email to sign up.




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