MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- During the holiday season, most children are very busy preparing their list for Santa Claus.
Tablets, iPods, toys and candy probably top most children’s lists.
But what if their list looked a little different? What if, instead of a DVD, the list included shampoo or toothpaste?
Kathy Oxley’s third grade class discovered that sometimes senior citizens' Christmas lists can look more like necessities or a grocery list.
The Middle Tennessee Christian School class realized that some of the things they take for granted are items older people need and cannot always get for themselves.
In an effort to address those needs, Oxley's class joined forces with residents from Assisted Living at AdamsPlace to make sure that local seniors in need get their Christmas lists filled via a stocking and The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army senior stocking program has been in place for 13 years. Its goal is to supply seniors with items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, gloves, scarves, and toothbrushes.
One of the greatest challenges facing seniors today is transportation, according to organizers. When people can no longer drive, they must depend on others to take them to the store or shop for them. This can get tricky when caregivers are trying to balance schedules.
“This amazing multigeneration event warms my heart each year," said Ann Clark, the marketing director at AdamsPlace. "We are so thankful for our partners in this effort. Teaming up with Middle Tennessee Christian School, NHC HomeCare and Dr. Roy Thompson really made a difference for these less fortunate seniors.”
Before the stocking assembly line stops production, 250 stockings will be stuffed and delivered to seniors in Rutherford County.
Organizers said any additional help is always appreciated and are inviting residents to stuff their own stockings. They said filled stockings will be accepted until Saturday, Dec. 14, so that they the group has time to distribute them to local senior citizens.
To find out more information about where to drop off stockings or to volunteer, call The Salvation Army at 615-895-7071.