OSWEGO COUNTY – More than 70 Oswego County seniors are opening gifts this holiday season through the Office for the Aging’s Santa for Seniors program.
Staff at the Oswego County Office for Aging (OFA) have started delivering packages to nearly 100 seniors who may feel isolated during the holiday season. Deliveries will continue, with 72 seniors adopted into the program, in addition to 25 seniors receiving non-perishable food drives from OFA through a partnership with Catholic Charities and Fulton Rotary.
“We are very happy that this program can bring a smile to seniors,” said OFA Director Sara Sunday. “For many, these are the only gifts they will receive. The joy and gratitude of the participants really reminds us of why we do what we do.
The Santa for Seniors program was hosted by OFA and NY Connects of Oswego County with the goal of making the holiday season a little brighter for seniors in the community who may lack family support and have resources. financial constraints, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional donations from Women in Nuclear (Exelon) included gift bags containing mugs, hot chocolate, winter socks, puzzles and other activities, as well as electric blankets and knitted winter hats for 67 elderly people.
“It has been an incredible collaboration and it really is what the season is all about,” said Elizabeth Weimer, Caregiver and Caregiver Services Coordinator at NY Connects. “The response from the community has been incredible.
Nominations for the Santa Claus for Seniors program were solicited from the community earlier this year, and nominators included individuals’ interests and hobbies, personality traits, clothing sizes, items- suggested or necessary gifts and other information.
Families and organizations have been able to “adopt” or give gifts to the elderly through the OFA, which arranges the delivery of the items.
For more information on the Office for the Aging and programming for the elderly, call 315-349-3484 or email [email protected]