Giving dedicated to local seniors
This time of year every Christmas season, a Christmas tree with senior names can be found at the Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center.
"It's a tradition we have done for years and years," said center coordinator Melody Kendall.
The project is initiated by Home Instead, an American-based network that specializes in nonmedical in-home care for elderly clients. The franchise in Bend heads up the Senior Giving Tree in Prineville.
It is the only giving tree in town dedicated to seniors. Anyone who wishes to help out a local senior on the tree is encouraged to do so.
"They take a tag off the tree, fill whatever is requested on the tag, and bring the package back to us unwrapped," Kendall explained.
Recipients are primarily clients from local senior facilities and home delivery clients of the center.
"We feel like they are part of our family here," Kendall said.
Home Instead picks up the items and provides the wrapping. The Senior Giving Tree is not affiliated with the Crook County Holiday Partnership, and Home Instead initially sends out questionnaires to various senior facilities in town. Kendall said that the center also sends questionnaires to its home delivery seniors.
Home Instead uses the gathered information to create tags, which are delivered to the Soroptimist Senior Center in town for the tree.
"We only have nine tags left on the tree," said Kendall. She added that the presents will be picked up Dec. 9. "They have just been flying out the door. I love our town."
"We would love to get all of them taken off," she said. "The one thing everyone always asks, 'Are these all for Prineville?' I make sure that they are."
Central Oregon Council on Aging will deliver the gifts after Home Instead picks them up and wraps them.
Senior Giving Tree located at the Soroptimist Senior Center, 180 NE Belknap St., Prineville
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed on weekends
Gifts need to be brought back to the center by Dec. 9
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