Adopt a Senior Citizen for Christmas
By: Madison Reed
Many people have already begun to put up their Christmas decorations and blast Christmas music in their cars. With everything that has happened this year, people are wanting something good to look forward to at the close of 2020; however, many people have gotten the shaft and are still waiting to see their loved ones since the coronavirus reared its head back in March.
This holiday season a new form of giving and Angel Tree, as it were, has come to light—Adopt a Senior. This act of giving has been sponsored by the community and Mandy Yeary and Stephanie Moore are helping organize it.
According to Yeary, “Adopt a Senior was created for those who may have limited contact with family, no family [or who are] shut-in due to health or age, especially during this year resulting in isolation. As we become an aging population, we lose our independence to drive and those daily items we enjoy are not easily obtainable. During the holidays, we as the community can be the hands and feet and show love in practical ways.”
Approximately 255 boxes have been provided by Stephanie Moore and Yeary and then an additional 50 boxes were donated by Adam Rincon from the Mineral Wells Box Factory for the community to pick up at Valley Grove Baptist Church. The idea is to put various types of gifts in the boxes and return them to the church by Dec. 12. The doors will be open for people to pick up and drop off boxes Monday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec 12.
The Adopt a Senior hopes to help 210 seniors through Meals on Wheels. Yeary, however, believes that goal will be exceeded. If it is, they will donate boxes to the nursing homes in the surrounding areas.
The focus for Adopt a Senior is the Erath County area, however, due to the generosity of others, it will be able to reached outside of Erath County as well.
“Our focus is Erath County—as you know this does encompass several areas around Stephenville,” Yeary explained. “The outpouring of support has been wide. My family is fairly new to the community, so I have had family and friends from Granbury, Weatherford, Brock as well as our church family in Weatherford participating. Facebook has such a reach [as well]. We have been contacted by teachers and churches from Azle, Bluff Dale, Whitehorse, Tarleton-Phi Beta Epsilon and of course our host church, Valley Grove, where boxes can be picked up and dropped off.”
Everyone is able to participate in Adopt a Senior. Even if you are unable to participate financially, Yeary still encourages people to find other ways to be involved.
“[If] someone does not have financial means to help, make handmade cards and drop [them] off at the church. If you want to help and do not have time to shop contact Stephanie or myself. You can participate through prayer. Everyone can be a part of this one way or another. This was a mustard seed that could only be accomplished through our faith in God and our faith in our great community.”
When asked what types of gifts were expected, Yeary answered, “We want this to be from the givers heart…We do encourage gender neutral boxes; however, if your called to make a specific box, just label it so it can be delivered to the appropriate gender. We would not want a man to get a female box.”
Yeary also gave a list of simple gifts that people could do which includes: boxed cookies, lotions, soaps, no slip socks, large print puzzles, homemade cards, lap blankets and chocolates.
Though this is the first year Adopt a Senior has operated, Yeary highly anticipates it to grow larger over the next few years.
“Our goal is to unite the community with our senior population,” Yeary said, “We are encouraging them to place handwritten notes or Christmas cards in each box to make that personal touch. When doing an outreach, the person participating is blessed as much as the person receiving it.
If you would like to be apart of Adopt a Senior, you can contact Mandy Yeary at 817-597-7895 or Stephanie Moore at 662-401-2785. If special arrangements need to be made in regard to picking up or dropping off a box, you can contact Yeary and Moore as well.