Over 450 residents at area nursing homes benefited from the 4th Annual Socks For Seniors campaign organized every year by Mary Ann Dulaney and daughter Jess Kutza of Coaldale. Donations were raised via donation drop-off boxes placed at 14 area businesses or organizations.
Dulaney said that PathStone Head Start in Lehighton also helped greatly in the collection.
Donations were delivered to residents at Edgemont Assisted Living Facility in Lansford, St Luke’s Miners Nursing Facility (5th floor) in Coaldale, Hometown, Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and others.
Below is a related press release created during the start of the campaign:
Mary Ann Dulaney and daughter, Jessica Kutza, coordinators for the project, with the assistance of 14 area businesses/locations are collecting donations of warm socks and other items to distribute to local nursing home / rehab center residents for the holiday season.
In addition to donations of non-skid and regular socks, personal care items (shampoo, lotion, chap stick, deodorant, brushes, combs, aftershave, shower caps, small hand sanitizers), individually wrapped snacks or sugar free candy, soft tissues, costume jewelry, garden gloves (for wheelchair use), backscratchers, puzzle books and anything to bring cheer to the elders are appreciated.
“These are simple inexpensive products that most don’t consider special gifts, but do make a difference. Soft tissues are a favorite among many,” said Kutza. “A lot of these items are on sale now and can easily be picked up while you are shopping for the holidays.”
Socks for Seniors is a nationwide service project that supports individual efforts to hold sock drives in local communities. Founded by Jamie Coyne in Columbus, Ohio, this was to ensure that all seniors, even those without family members, would have a gift to open at the holidays.
New, unwrapped items can be dropped off at the following locations:
– Coaldale: Tommy’s Restaurant, Angela Triplex Theatre
– Lansford: Sports Zoo, First Niagara Bank, Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank
– Summit Hill: Hiles Brothers, Midas Touch Hair Salon
– Nesquehoning: Classic Beverage
– Jim Thorpe: Mauch Chunk 5 & 10
– Lehighton: Beacon 443, Pathstone Head Start
– Tamaqua: Dr Puddu’s office, AAA, M&S Hardware
To take part in the Socks for Seniors program, simply drop off a new, unwrapped item at a local drop-off box. The deadline is December 8, 2015.
Businesses interested in hosting a drop-off box or Nursing Centers in need of gifts can contact Dulaney at (570) 645-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Each year the response is more and more amazing. Last year we had enough donations to deliver multiple gifts to residents at 6 nursing/rehab centers. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people and hope that this year we can spread cheer to even more,” said Dulaney. “The resident’s faces light up like a child’s when Santa makes an appearance with the gifts. The spirit of Christmas is special to children of all ages.”
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