Seniors receive gifts from Santa Shop

Charles Warner Editor

December 26, 2013

UNION — The residents of two nursing homes got some extra Christmas gifts for themselves and their loved ones thanks to the “Santa Shop.”

Sponsored by Medi-Home Hospice, the Santa Shop is an annual event which enables seniors citizens in local nursing homes and assisted living centers to receive gifts for themselves and members of their families. To provide them with those gifts, Medi-Home Hospice puts out a list of gift items it needs to stock the Santa Shop and asks the public to donate the items on the list. The items included on the list range from bath items and shampoo and body wash to Bibles on tape and large print activity books as well as articles of clothing and soft baby dolls and stuffed animals.

Jenny Crocker, Volunteer Coordinator for Medi-Home Hospice, said the hospice received enough donated items to allow it to bring the Santa Shop to both Heartland Health Care and Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. Crocker said that at each event, the residents received several gifts for themselves and their families members. She said they also enjoyed a time of fellowship, music and light refreshment.

Even after providing the residents of Heartland and Ellen Sagar with their gifts, Crocker there was enough left over to take to other facilities. She said the ability of the Santa Shop to provide gifts to the residents of Heartland, Ellen Sagar, and other facilities was due to the kindness and generosity of the people of Union County.

“We wish to thank everybody for their generosity to our seniors,” Crocker said.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.