UNION — Donations are being requested for a “Santa’s Shop” where senior citizens in local nursing homes and assisted living centers can shop for Christmas gifts for their families.
Jenny Crocker, Volunteer Coordinator for Medi-Home Hospice, said Friday that the hospice is sponsoring its annual Santa Shop.
“We do it every year, we reach out to Union’s senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” Crocker said. “The first Santa Shop will be at Heartland (Healthcare of Union) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. We’ll have light refreshments served by volunteers and we will sing Christmas carols.
“Each resident will be given ‘Santa Bucks’ to use to buy gifts for their families,” she said. “We hope that every resident will be able to get one or two gifts.”
Crocker said the hospice is asking the public’s help in stocking the Santa Shop, not only for the residents of Heartland Healthcare but at the county’s other nursing homes and assisted living centers.
“If we get enough gifts we’ll also go to Ellen Sagar, Whitney Place, and Pinckney Place,” Crocker said. “We’re asking for donations of items on our gift list and we’ve placed boxes for donations at WBCU, the (Union County) Courthouse, Wallace Thomson Hospital, Bantam Chef, TC’s Jewelry, and Connie’s Beauty Shop in Lockhart.
“Besides letting us place a box in her shop, Connie is also offering to knock a dollar off of her services for each customer who brings in a gift the week of the Santa Shop,” she said. “She is also challenging other hairdressers to do the same.”
Donation boxes have also been placed in area churches and donations can also be dropped at Medi-Home Hospice, 101 S. Boyce St., Suite B, adjacent to CVS pharmacy.
Crocker said anyone interested in donating to the Santa Shop is asked to place any of the following items in one of the boxes being used to collect them:
• Bath items
• Lipstick/lip gloss
• Bible on tape
• Board games
• Coloring book/crayons
• Word search
• Twin bedsheets
• Small flashlights
• Denture tablets
• Hair clips/headbands
• Body wash
• Large print activity books
• Baby dolls (soft)
• Stuffed animals
• Sugar-free candy
Crocker said that anyone with questions about Santa Shop can call her at 864-427-8322 or 864-426-3646. She also thanked in advance all those who are contributing to the Santa Shop project.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.