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Praying Hands program seeks sponsors for seniors at Christmas

The City of Andalusia’s Adult Activity Center and Senior Nutrition staff members are seeking sponsors for their annual Praying Hands program.

The staff organizes the gift drive for senior citizens each fall, making sure that no seniors are forgotten at Christmas.

Adult Activity Center director Sonja Godwin said while the local senior center remains closed due to surging COVID-19 numbers, she and other staff members have remained in touch with clients through the senior adult meal program, which has operated as a drive-through and delivery meal service since 2020.

“Typically, we ask people to come by and pick up an information sheet on a senior from our Praying Hands tree,” Godwin said. “This year, we are seeking helpers to make Christmas special for at least 56 individuals, all of whom are 60 years or older and many are homebound.”

The senior adults were asked to complete questionnaires about their Christmas wishes, and the AAC staff is asking adopters to participate in one of two ways.

“You can call our office at 222-6891 to choose your praying hands revealing a senior’s wishes,” Godwin said. “We ask that you spend no less than $40 per person.”

Alternately, she said, individuals can make a financial contribution and the AAC staff will shop for the senior adults. Gifts should be dropped at the Adult Activity Center no later than Friday, November 19.

For additional information, call Godwin at 222-6891 or email her at sonja.godwin@cityofandalusia.com.