Commission offering Adopt a Senior program for holidays


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, November 8, 2018

HERTFORD — The holiday season isn’t always so bright for senior citizens who don’t have family or friends with whom to celebrate. For that reason, the Albemarle Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will be collecting gifts to help brighten their holidays.

The Adopt a Senior program is for the agency’s 35 to 40 clients who don’t have family or friends to share the holiday with, said Ashley Lamb, an aging specialist with the agency.

“We do know there are some seniors that won’t have any visitors over the holiday; they won’t be going out to eat and they don’t have family spending time with them,” she said.

Lamb said the Area Agency on Aging is still trying to determine information about those in need based on input from staff and volunteers who deliver the meals. Once gathered, the information will help the agency determine if the senior is male or female, what size they wear, their favorite color, and other things. 

Lamb said most of seniors who needed help last year lived in either Perquimans or Pasquotank counties.

So far, the Adopt a Senior program is going well.

“We only put this out last week, and already we’ve got five groups that are on the waiting list for adopting a senior,” Lamb said.

The Area Agency on Aging is also seeking donations of items like lotion, tissues, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels and candy so that all 350 people who receive a home-delivered meal through the Area Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program will get something for the holidays. Donations can be dropped off local senior centers or at the Albemarle Commission’s offices at 215 S. Church St., Hertford. The deadline for donations is Dec. 3.

The Area Agency on Aging provides services in a 10-county area, but some counties have resources and don’t need donations. In Dare County, the senior program has a “12 days of Christmas” program, Lamb said.

“This is our third year and we’ve kind of expanded on what’s been done in the past,” she said.

For more information, contact Lamb at 426-5753 ext. 232 or e-mail alamb@accog.org.