ENID, Okla. — RSVP Enid is alpha its third anniversary Santa for Seniors program.
"During the holidays, abounding of our seniors absolve abandoned and best of them accept little or no gifts," said RSVP Enid Executive Director Christy Baker. "Our mission is to affix givers with those in need.
"Last year, we delivered to 503 seniors in Enid and the surrounding areas," she said. "This year, our ambition is to abide to be a absolution to those who may accept to be alone."
The affairs gathers names of seniors in the association who may not accept a gift, or accept the adeptness to absolve with anyone for Christmas.
"They are the ones who accept little or no acquaintance during the approved year, not to acknowledgment the anniversary season, so we become that contact," Baker said. "In a association like ours, we assignment calm with so abounding of our bounded agencies, churches, schools and added borough groups to accumulate and acquirement adeptness from their ambition lists. Closer to Christmas day we bag up the adeptness and volunteers advice us bear the presents to anniversary senior.
"We appetite to absorb accouchement to advice contentment the chief in their presence, as able-bodied as advise allusive activity acquaint to our adolescence about actuality accommodating and affectionate to others beneath fortunate."
She said bounded seniors struggle with basal needs, and one in six breadth seniors lives beneath the abjection level.
"These times are boxy for our best vulnerable," Baker said. "The seniors we advice are in charge of transportation, commons and accompaniment as they are abandoned and homebound."
Santa for Seniors advocacy levels include: Santa sponsor $1,000 or more; Elf sponsor $999 to $500; Reindeer sponsor $499 to $200; and Snowman sponsor $199 to $25.
Santa for Seniors donations, all of which are tax deductible, actuality approved accommodate hygiene products such as soaps, shampoo, conditioner, abrasive and lotions; cardboard appurtenances such as toilet cardboard and cardboard towels; socks for men and women; gloves, hats and scarves; and laundry soap
For a complete account of items needed, appointment http://www.rsvpenid.org.
Donations can be fabricated through RSVP's website or allowance cards can be mailed to RSVP, 602 S. Van Buren, Enid, OK, 73703.
Items additionally can be alone off at:
• The Commons Independent Living, 3706 King St.: in the aback beneath the awning, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Tara’s Organics, 214 E. Broadway: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
• RSVP Office, 602 S. Van Buren, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church, 1924 W. Willow: application the southwest entrance, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• St. Joseph Catholic School, 110 N. Madison: bead off during academy hours.
Baker additionally offered the afterward account to advance this year's Santa for Seniors program
Santas on the Wall
"You can animate alone and administration accord at your school, church, amusing club or business by downloading our Santa face templates and acceptance your associates or agents to abutment Santa for Seniors by purchasing a Santa for $1 each," she said. "There are four Santas to accept from. You can put the name of the being purchasing the Santa, or the name of addition they are honoring, or leave a Christmas ambition to be accustomed to a chief in their allowance bag."
Please accelerate us an email at [email protected] to accept the Santa face templates via email.
Santa Appearance Competition
"Using the aforementioned basal attempt as the Santas on the Wall promotion, you may accept for your academy class, Sunday Academy class, pre-k or daycare acceptance to complete a Santa appearance sheet," she said. "If you appetite to accession funds by affairs the blanks for $1, or ask parents and grandparents to sponsor Santa for Seniors, you would be chargeless to do so at your discretion."
Kids Santa Giveaway
An alone child, a family, chic or alignment can book any of the Santa appearance pages and already completed, acquaintance RSVP to accord the completed appearance bedding to be accustomed to a chief in their Santa for Seniors Christmas bag this year.
Baker said, "Our seniors adulation to get a handmade or black allowance and would abundance these duke black pictures."
Head to Arch Competition
"Office departments, Sunday Academy Classes, aggressive businesses and borough organizations can abutment Santa for Seniors by arduous one addition to a arch to arch fundraising challenge," she said. "Your antagonism can be aloof for aloof rights or a specific prize, such as a pizza party."
Sponsor a Senior
"If an individual, family, organization, club, chic or business will acquaintance us at RSVP, we can accord you the abundant needs of a specific chief or seniors, while befitting their character confidential," she said. "You will again be able to acquirement items that will be appointed for that senior.
"We acknowledge your alertness to abutment this important cause. May God absolve you and your endeavors this Christmas season."
All donations and adeptness aggregate will be donated Dec. 20.
"We achievement we can calculation on you to accompany a smile to a seniors face this year," Baker said. "If you would like to advance for any of the shopping, gathering, ambition account distribution, bagging of gifts, allowance auto and organization, or to advance your accumulation to absolve any way you see fit, amuse acquaintance Jeff Jackson at the Commons at (580) 237-7625 or Baker, Teresa Russell or Karen Martin at RSVP at (580) 233-5914."