Some nursing home residents face bleak Christmas

When it comes to Christmas gifts, nursing home residents are usually not on the recipient list, said Helen McVicker.

"A lot of people adopt families and children for Christmas, and that's wonderful, but the residents of our nursing homes are often forgotten," said the founder and executive director of When Help Can't Wait.

The nonprofit organization provides services and comfort items such as games, lap quilts, and hand and foot spas for nursing home residents throughout the year.

However, an estimated 60 area nursing home residents have no family in the area or people to visit them, and the organization needs help to make sure that those residents' Christmas is bright, Ms. McVicker said.

"They are totally alone," she said. "We don't want anyone left out. That's why we are doing this."

Organizations, businesses or individuals interested in helping may provide wrapped gifts or make a monetary donation to go toward the purchase of gifts, she said.

"I'm not talking about a large amount of money or a large number of gifts. I'm just asking for simple gifts," she said.

Ms. McVicker will take the presents to the residents during their nursing home facility's Christmas program. She will also help coordinate delivery for those who want to take their gifts directly to the nursing home facility.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

HOW TO HELP

For a list of items the residents of nursing homes need, or for more information, you may call Helen McVicker at (706) 729-8991. Gifts also may be delivered to When Help Can't Wait's office, 3643 Walton Way Extension, Suite 4A.

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