For many senior citizens, the Christmas season can be one of the loneliest times of the year. They often have no family to share it with, and struggle to take care of even the most basic needs.
The Bay County Council On Aging works with volunteers to make sure the elderly will not be forgotten during the holiday. On Monday, about two dozen volunteers delivered hot Christmas meals to more than 100 seniors. "They're lonely… so when we deliver this meal to them, it makes them very happy," said Janice Jorgensen, the agency's Nutrition Coordinator.
The Knights of Columbus cooked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll… and topped it off with a piece of chocolate cake. Also included in the delivery was a Christmas stocking filled with basic essentials such as toothpaste and soap and activity-based items such as note pads and puzzles. Each client also received a Christmas card made by a local elementary school student.
Among the volunteers eager to deliver holiday cheer was the Krane family: Greg, Michele, and twin eight year old daughters Paige and Taylor. "We are blessed as a family… we have so much," said Michele. "It seems small, but if we can do this for someone else, it makes us feel really good."
The parents said volunteering for the Council On Aging teaches their daughters lessons that will last a lifetime. "I want them to grow up to want to give, to help, to be good human beings… because it's important to give back," said Michele.
After making a delivery to a senior citizen in Springfield, the girls were all smiles. "I felt like it was right to do the right thing for people, not just for myself," said Taylor. "Whenever I help someone it makes me feel happy," said Paige.
The Meals On Wheels program serves seniors throughout the year and Jorgensen said volunteers are always needed. For information on how you can help, click here.