POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:46pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — This time of year we always think about providing children in our area with piles of presents, but we tend to forget about our seniors needing gifts as well. Some of our elderly will not open any gifts, or see any family on Christmas Day.
The East Texas Radio Group, and Meals on Wheels are collecting items as the "Santas" for seniors. "There's so many seniors in East Texas that we forget about, and when you reach out to a senior that is home bound and alone, it really means a lot. " said Gary Walker, East Texas Radio Group.
The Santas for Seniors drive has been going on since Thanksgiving, and this is their second annual drive. As they deliver for Meals on Wheels, they have also been handing out gifts. It's simple presents like socks or blankets that truly make an impact. "Theres always someone out there less fortunate and i think this time of year it's a blessing we can always give the gift away," said Kay Odom, Tyler Senior Center supervisor.
The Tyler Senior Center is very grateful for what these groups are doing for our community. "It's a really important drive...children are great and i think Santa is wonderful, but we also need to think about Santa coming to the senior center and 55 and older receiving things as well," said Odom.
Even though we think about donating more in the holidays, the senior center wants to remind East Texans our seniors are in need all year round.
For more information to donate to the Santas for Seniors or Meals on Wheels, follow the links below:
Drop off locations include the following:
-East Texas Radio Group locations in Tyler (210 S. Broadway Ave.) and Longview (4408 U.S. Highway 259 North)
-Meals On Wheels Ministry at 3001 Robertson Road in Tyler
-Starbucks Coffee in Tyler, next to Jason's Deli.