Keep the date at Town Hall, Sunday September 8, 2013 at 10 am.
This Seasons Holiday Stockings are out and about!
More than 50 Holiday Stockings were filled by Arlington donors.
We opened up this years Holiday Stocking program to our Arlington community and had a wonderful response by more than 30 individuals filling and donating more than 30 stockings stuffed and overflowing with items like flashlights, gloves, scarves, Calculators, small first aid kits and some fun things too! The Friends group made sure that all stockings had a gift card. Some were supplied by donors and over $1,000 in CVS gift cards were supplied by the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging which also supplied and filled additonal gifts to fill the more than 50 Holiday gifts.Students from both the Brackett and Bishop schools supplied a variety of handmade cards to warm all.
A fun twist for this year was the involvement of the donors in designing holiday stockings. There were awards for such categories and Most Bling, Most Creative, Most Elegant and more.
About a dozen volunteers organized, filtered and supplemented the stockings with others in the community aiding by delivering each of these gifts. The Arlington Police Department volunteered to get about half of the more than 50 Holiday surprises into the hands of their recipients. These recipients are Arlington senior citizens in need of a pick me up who may be alone or in need. The council on Aging Supporting business included CVS stores of Arlington and Always Best Care.
The Council on Aging Making a Difference on Thanksgiving Morning!
About 75 volunteers, both individuals and families, come together each Thanksgiving to bag up and deliver 112 hot meals to Arlington seniors who otherwise would have been alone and not had a Thanksgiving meal. The volunteers group in sections to separate hot and cold parts of the meals into shopping bags that are then picked up by the delivery volunteers with destination attached and noted. A fun and heart melting part is the inclusion of individually hand made Thanksgiving Day cards provided by students from Brackett, Bishop and St. Agnes schools.
Meals are provided by Bateman Senior Meals with financial support coming from the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington and also Home Instead Senior Care, Inc. who also tosses in place mats and napkins. A variety of shopping bags are container of choice and provided by Whole Foods Market at Fresh Pond and Trader Joes.
Click expand the volunteers of Thanksgiving program!
Read about The COA and Freinds of the COA: CoA volunteers reach out on Thanksgiving - YourArlington.com http://www.yourarlington.com/home/news/town-arts/171-senior-news/5321-gem-112712