Time to ‘adopt-a-grandparent’ for holidays

Published 9:33 pm Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center advisory board met Wednesday to make plans that will make the holiday season special for the Center’s residents.

Ovida Walden, board chair, said the Center’s Adopt-a-Grandparent program will continue this year and members of the community will again be invited to participate.

“Not all of our residents have family members in the area and we want to make sure all of them are remembered at Christmas time,” she said. “We will have numbers assigned to the residents who would especially appreciate someone remembering them.”

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Those who would like to Adopt-a-Grandparent are encouraged to call Jeanette Dawkins, activities director, at 334-566-0880 and she will provide a resident’s number along with the resident’s Christmas wish list.

However, Dawkins said those who know someone at TH&R who doesn’t have family nearby and would like to make Christmas special for him or her are encouraged to do so.

“We want all of our residents to feel special at Christmas and our residents who have family nearby are fortunate to have someone to share Christmas with them. The Adopt-A-Grandparent ensures that all of our residents will have a wonderful Christmas.”

Dawkins said those who adopt a grandparent will bring the gifts for their adopted resident to TH&R and those gifts will be delivered by Santa Claus to the resident’s rooms.

“In the past, we had Santa deliver the presents to the residents during the Christmas party but we’ve found that the having Santa visit them in their rooms is more exciting and special,” Dawkins said.

“That way the residents have individual time with Santa and they really enjoy that.”

The wish lists of the residents are not long and those who participate usually get more than is on the list.

The list of adoptable grandparents will be available on November 11.

Call 566-0880 to make Christmas special for someone special, Dawkins said.