Socks, sheets, household supplies still needed

Monday, December 16, 2002

Many of the people who will receive gifts from the Christmas for the Elderly program haven't requested much at all -- and usually get by with so little. Several clients don't expect to receive any holiday gifts so anything they do receive will be appreciated.

Christmas for the Elderly has been working for 18 years to provide some household goods and small Christmas gifts to needy senior citizens in the area. It is a joint program of the Southeast Missourian and Cape Girardeau Jaycees.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, Missouri Division of Senior Services and Hoover Eldercare Center refer clients to the program, which relies on donations.

Some of the gifts still needed are bed pads, men's socks and long underwear in size large, vitamin-supplement drinks like Ensure, a woman's flannel house coat in size 4X, sweat suits in sizes large and extra-large, sheet sets and blankets and an electric heater.

Other requests are for sugar-free candies and snacks, fruit baskets, household cleaning supplies, paper goods and toiletries.

Gift certificates for area pharmacies, discount stores and grocery stores also have been requested. Many of the elderly clients also have asked for stamps or stationery to use for paying bills.

The Southeast Missourian will collect gifts for Christmas for the Elderly at its Cape Girardeau and Jackson offices.

Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to Christmas for the Elderly, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004.

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