For many, Christmas can be a joyous season – celebrating the birth of our Savior with our family and friends. For others, this can be the saddest, loneliest time of the year. Many seniors live alone and have no family or friends that visit, due to many reasons. This year, we partnered with Home Instead Senior Care, Catholic Charities, and Jewish Family Services to help bring the light of Christmas into the lives of these forgotten seniors. The tags on this year’s Senior Tree of Light reflected the simple needs of everyday living of those who are lonely and financially needy. We provided gifts to seniors who were least likely to receive a present this holiday season.

  • 50 gifts
  • 5 extra knitted hats
  • 2 extra Christmas sweaters
  • 15 prayer shawls
  • 7 stuffed animals
  • Extra gift bags for wrapping

We filled a small Toyota Corolla from front to back including a stuffed trunk, leaving just enough room for a petite young woman to drive. She was overwhelmed with the generosity of our church family, so much so that she was in tears. What a blessing to be a part of Christmas for those seniors who are often forgotten and neglected. THANK You Everyone!

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About Heather McEntee

Director of Communications at Virginia Beach United Methodist. Background in small business and non-profit operations, marketing, and sales for the past 13 years.