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A Christmas collection intends to give local senior citizens who reside at Windsor House and Three Rivers Rehabilitation Center a reason to be happy during this holiday season.

Our community elders did so much for our generations. Now, it is our turn to give back. Fortunately, a couple of local ministries recognized this great need and have stepped up to help.

Citizen of Kingdom, LLC and Loving Homes, LLC sponsored this effort. Chief’s Sports Bar and Grill owner, “Chief” Randy Cherry, offered to serve as the drop-off point for the Christmas collection.

Some of the items requested explicitly by these senior citizens include the following supplies:

  • Pajamas or night gowns
  • Socks
  • Bathrobes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • T-shirts
  • Body wash

Besides those items, some handy (and appreciated) supplies could be these:

  • Lip balm
  • Denture care supplies
  • Body lotion
  • Hand cream
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Writing pad and pens
  • Envelopes
  • Slippers
  • Word puzzle books
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Cardigan sweaters
  • Stationary or blank note cards
  • Postage stamps

Many older adults must follow special dietary restrictions, so it’s best to avoid sweet treats.

christmas collection for senior citizens
Photo Credit: Pride of Bertie, public Facebook post

The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposed a Dire Need

People who live in long-term care facilities have long expressed feeling lonely or abandoned. However, the social isolation that occurred when most medical institutions locked down against the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020 laid bare the broad scope of the problem.

Not only were senior citizens lonesome to see family and friends, but they were also extremely frightened by the virus that seemed to target nursing facilities and older people with almost laser-like precision.

A JAMA publication from June 16, 2021, suggested that these facilities “need special attention and strategies to keep long-term care residents connected to their family and friends” as we recover from the pandemic.

Unfortunately, many people who live in these facilities are far from their children, especially in rural communities. Children grow up and move away for better opportunities, leaving aging parents behind. Of course, nobody means any harm. But this is the well-documented and often-studied reality of aging in rural America.

This Christmas collection won’t solve these problems. However, it might bring a smile back to a local senior citizen, and we owe them this after all they have been through during the almost two years of social isolation.

Where (and When) You Can Donate to This Christmas Collection for Bertie County Senior Citizens

You can drop off supplies at Chief’s Sports Bar and Grill, 505 South Queen Street in Windsor until December 23, 2021. Here are their current operating hours, as published on their website:

  • Mon: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thu :4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Fri: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sat: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Without a doubt, this Christmas collection and supply drive will bless many senior citizens who need a bit of holiday cheer.

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