United Way of the Crossroads hosting ‘Senior Giving Tree’ to make sure local senior citizens get gifts

"A lot of these seniors the only person they talk to is their delivery driver, so this may be the only gift they get this year," says Blucher, the United Way of the Crossroads community engagement coordinator

VICTORIA, Texas – The United Way of the Crossroads is hosting what they’re calling The Senior Giving Tree Project. It’s only their second year doing this drive and they’ve got nearly 1,000 area senior citizens that this gift drive could benefit.

The United Way of the Crossroads has partnered up with Meals on Wheels Victoria, the Community Action Coalition, Community Connections of Lavaca County, and the Senior Citizens Association of Gonzales County all to ensure that senior citizens in Victoria and surrounding areas get at least some sort of Christmas gift.

Jill Blucher is the community engagement coordinator for the United Way of the Crossroads and says that many of these seniors are homebound and the only person they talk to on a regular basis is their meals on wheels delivery driver, so a small gift can have a large impact.

“A lot of these seniors the only person they talk to is their delivery driver, so this may be the only gift they get this year,” says Blucher.

The United Way of the Crossroads has numerous Senior Giving Trees set up throughout the Crossroads. Simply grab one of the cards off the tree and you can purchase the items listed and bring them back to the Senior Giving Tree before next Tuesday, December 14.

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Map of the Senior Giving Tree locations.

From a blanket, scarves, gloves, a toiletry kit, or some slippers and socks the gifts are pretty modest, showing that a small gesture that can make a local senior citizen’s Christmas special and ensure no one feels left out this holiday season.

You can visit the United Way of the Crossroads page on their event here.

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Senior Giving Tree flyer.