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Partnerships Make 'Stockings for Senior Citizens' Drive a Success

 

Romero Medina receives his stocking. (Photo courtesy Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging)

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging expressed its gratitude to community members and Tulare County employees who donated items, large and small, to its recent "Stockings for Senior Citizens" project. More than 350 seniors received stockings filled with gifts because of those contributions.

Stockings were stuffed with items such as hats, scarves, gloves, lap blankets and slippers. Senior citizens in the Home-Delivered Meal Program, Multi-Purpose Senior Services and Adult Protective Services received the stockings, as well as a visit from volunteers who delivered the gifts.

"The visit that comes with every stocking delivery may be the only visit that homebound and isolated seniors receive during the holiday season," said Laura Silva, HHSA aging services manager and director of Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging. "The gifts provided in the stockings provide warmth, but it is the visit from folks who gave of their time as they make the deliveries that provides a deeper joy.

"We sincerely appreciate such generosity which helps to make this program successful and goes a long way in spreading holiday cheer to the seniors of the community," she added. "Thank you to all those who contributed."

Partnering with the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging were the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, CSET, Visalia Senior Housing, Inc., and community members.

 

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