Request for help with seniors’ wish lists draws great response

Published 3:04 am Thursday, October 26, 2017

Last week, the Adult Activity Center asked for help fulfilling Christmas wish lists for seniors in need.

The program featured a tree with paper ornaments of praying hands, and each person selected an ornament in turn for a wish list.

The wish list was anonymous, and expressed what the senior needed; which included anything from laundry detergent to canned food.

This week, the program only has two praying hands left on the tree.

“Because of the huge response from this program, I believe we’ll continue to do it,” Sonja Godwin, the program coordinator said.

The program started by a simple survey sent home to each senior. While some seniors responded that they needed nothing, others expressed a great need.

Simple things such as adult diapers, socks, and even peanut butter were on each list.

Tammy Wiggins Holt heard of the idea, and shared a wish list to her Facebook page. Within 12 hours, more than 160 people shared it.

Today, several people came to the Adult Activity Center, leaving only two hands on the tree.

“This program has gone over so well,” Godwin said, “I’m really happy with the outcome,”

There are other ways to donate, people can donate simple things such as candy or small goods for the other seniors who expressed no other needs.

For more information on how to contribute, please visit the Adult Activity Center in Andalusia, or call 334-222-6891