Elves For Elders Campaign Gearing Up For Holidays

By  //  November 18, 2012

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Adopt-A-Senior Program

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The District 5 Commission Office is helping Aging Solutions with their annual Elves for Elders campaign this holiday season.

The Elves for Elders Drive benefits individuals served by Aging Solutions and is being assisted this year by the Brevard County Commission District 5 Office in Melbourne. (Shutterstock image)

The Elves for Elders Drive benefits individuals served by Aging Solutions. All donations received will go directly to services and needs of wards in Brevard County.

“In the Commission’s workshop on aging this past summer, my eyes were opened to the number of senior citizens living in my district and the challenges they face on daily basis whether it be financial, mental or physical,” Anderson said. “I decided right then that I wanted to help.”

Aging Solutions has a wish list for each of the 83 seniors in its care. The District 5 Office is helping distribute these wish lists through an Adopt-a-Senior program.

Andy Anderson is the Brevard County District 5 commissioner. (Image courtesy Office of Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson)

Lists are now available and participants will be given a list for a specific senior with items that he or she would like to receive for the holidays.

The items are not luxurious, but meet basic needs, such as socks, pajamas, robes, sweatpants, lotions, soaps, bras and underwear. You would then place the items in one large Christmas bag (no wrapping, no tissue paper) and bring them to the District 5 office, which will get the items to Aging Solutions.

Wards living in a group home, Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home, are only allowed by Medicaid to keep $35 each month of any Social Security, pension or other income they may receive.

This is all they have to purchase their basic needs. Any help participants can provide would be greatly appreciated.

It is simple to participate. Contact the District 5 office by calling 321-253-6611 or stop by the offices at 1515 Sarno Road, Melbourne, to request the wish list of a senior.