seniorsantaAs we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, the Council on Aging considers the well-being of our clients. Are they safe, do they have enough food, will they be alone for the holidays …

For 47 years, the Council on Aging has offered programs allowing seniors to have a better quality of life.

Ms. Z is a frail elderly lady that called the Council on Aging because she had no food in her home. She is severely visually impaired, lives alone and manages on her small social security income. Although she is nearly blind, she is attending our senior dining program and enjoys the meals and the new friends she has made.

“I felt so alone before I started attending the Senior Dining Program. I have made new friends while all my old ones have long since passed away. This has given me a new outlook on life.

At my age of 94 years, I find that I still have something to give back to others.”

Since 1986, the Osceola Council on Aging has maintained one specific focus each holiday season; making certain that no elderly person in our community spends what should be the most joyous time of year alone. Our “Senior Santa” program provides the warmth, laughter and good nutrition that should be associated with the holidays.

This holiday season, we are asking you (or your business) to adopt a “senior like Ms. Z” in our Senior Santa program or a donation of $30. Your adopted senior will receive an invitation and transportation to the “Senior Santa Holiday Party” complete with dinner, decorations and entertainment, a gift and a holiday dinner delivered by a caring community volunteer on Christmas Day.

The Council estimates that more than 4,000 seniors in Osceola County are in need of nutrition and companionship during the holidays. So, become a “Senior Santa” and make a difference in someone’s life today by completing and returning the enclosed response card with your donation. On behalf of all of our seniors, THANK YOU from the Council on Aging for your generosity and caring.