Support The 2017 Santa For Senior Project

Every year the Office for the Aging (OFA) helps to bring the Holidays to isolated seniors across our county. The Santa for Seniors project delivers a gift bag filled with goodies and everyday essentials and a holiday meal to over 150 seniors. Since government funds cannot be used for the “Santa for Seniors” project, we are reaching out to the community for support. Chautauqua Institution and the members of Hurlbut Church have already committed to once again put together the holiday meal but there is still a lot more we need. We are asking for the specific items to go in the bags or cash donations which we will use to buy the items. This year we are asking people who want to collect items to call our office and pick from a list to ensure that we get enough of each item.

If you would like to support the 2017 Santa for Senior Project contact our main office in Mayville by calling 753-4471, 363-4471 or 661-7471. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any OFA office or mailed to the main office at 7 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY, 14757. Donors should include their contact information so we can acknowledge you on the card we attach to the bags. In addition, the Santa for Seniors project requires many elves to help deliver the bags to seniors the week before Christmas, so please let us know if you would like to assist with the delivery. There is nothing better than seeing the look on these seniors faces when you arrive. They cherish the visit sometimes more than the gifts and it’s a great activity to share with your kids. While OFA touches close to 7,000 people in this county every year, I know there are many more older adults living alone in our community that we do not know about. So if you know someone who is older, frail, who is living alone without family in the area and let us know about them so they can be added to our list.

This project has grown over the years and would not be possible without the generous support of county employees as well as many community organizations and individuals. In 2016 our donors included: Ed Schmidt; Richard and Melissa Slaven; C. Heid and M Dziura; Martha Smith; Robert and Tammy Bankoski; Bruce Smith; Mr. and Mrs. John Crossley; Christopher Marsh; Fredonia Beaver Club; Kosciuszko Polish Home; Dunkirk Police Dept.; McGraw Home Improvement of Erie; Beta Sigma Phi Laureato Omicon Chapter; Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club; Mt. Sinai Mecca Chapter #132; Dunkirk & Mayville Tops Markets; American Legion Aux #493; 1st United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk; 1st United Methodist Church in Fredonia; Greater Chaut. Federal Credit Union; Warren Manor; Jamestown Police Dept,; the Order of Eastern Star; and RSVP Volunteers. Thank you all for your support!

We hope you enjoy the holidays. Remember to give thanks for all the people who surround you during the holidays and throughout the year. And thank you to the volunteers who help the seniors in our community throughout the year by delivering meals, providing transportation, calling and visiting with seniors, providing respite for caregivers and all the other little things that help seniors live independently in the community through the end of life. They say it takes a village to raise a child but I think it also takes a community to keep older people active, engaged and vibrant through the end of life. For more information about the Santa for Seniors project or anything related to seniors call our NY Connects helpline at 753-4582, 661-7582, or 363-4582.