Adopt a Grandparent underway
Lacombe residents are invited to help spread a little holiday joy and Christmas cheer to some of the community’s seniors by adopting a grandparent.
The Adopt a Grandparent program was started four years ago by Brandy Forgeron as a way to give back - in particular to those living in the Lacombe Hospital’s long-term care facility who perhaps weren’t able to spend Christmas with their own families.
Forgeron moved away from Lacombe about six months ago, but asked those involved with the Community Market to take it over.
“I think it’s a fantastic program,” said Wendy Buyar, market manager.
“I’m so excited for us to be able to help make sure it doesn’t dissipate and have it grow and be what Brandy wanted it to be.”
Buyar and her family have been involved with the program before, and while only a few individuals will deliver the gifts, she says it’s a good way to teach children about the spirit of giving.
“For our family, when we first started with Brandy, I loved it,” she said. “My kids each got $20 and they went out and bought things and made their own bags so each of them were able to donate a bag of their own. It’s a nice thing for kids to learn.”
This year, there are over 50 seniors in the facility, and they’ll be looking to provide a $20 gift bag for each of them.
Items like slippers, home baking, chocolate, gum and candies will not be accepted as part of the bags, but there are a few items that they’re looking for.
“The big thing on the list is nail clippers, and the grippe socks,” she said. Mild shampoos, unscented lotions and deodorants, Dove bar soap, nail files, combs and hair picks are also items that can be included, as well as diabetic socks, water bottles, nightlights, blankets and large print word searches.
“Funny enough - we’re looking for stuffies,” she said. “It makes me a little weepy. Who doesn’t love a stuffed animal?”
Drop-offs will be at the community markets held up until Christmas, including during the Light Up the Night Festival on the evening of Nov. 23 and the evening of Friday, Nov. 24 and during the day on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Otherwise, donations can be dropped off at Community Fit Physical Therapy Clinic, located south of Tim Hortons at 104 4892-46 St. in Lacombe from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 19.
For those without the time to put together a gift bag themselves, monetary donations will also be accepted, with funds used to create and fill more gift bags.