Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa for Seniors

This week, we will host our annual Santa for Seniors Holiday Lunch. This is an opportunity for people to bring new, unwrapped gifts that will be delivered to seniors during the holidays.

Gift suggestions for seniors:

Alarm clocks with big numbers
Flashlights with batteries
Handkerchiefs or socks
Inexpensive CD players with CD’s
Hand or body cream
Items that are ergonomically designed like serving utensils or scissors
Magnifying glasses
Large print books
One size fits all robes
Personal fans
Packages of greeting cards
Reading lights that attach to books
Slip resistant cups, glasses and plates
Shave kits for men
Small throws and blankets
Writing pads with pens
Slippers that are slip resistant
Tote bags
Scarves and hats for men
Stress balls for hand exercises

Gift wrappers are needed Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17. Phone 404-604-8450 if you are willing to donate an hour of your time.

by Steve Hargrove
Director of Events and Marketing

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Senior Population Exploding!

My teenage son enjoys studying social sciences, and specifically projections about future trends in America. When I informed him that SCS delivers the equivalent yearly meals-on-wheels weight equal to 10 elephants, and that our volunteers’ annual delivery routes span the mileage of four trips around the equator, his curiosity peeked to learn more about seniors. So, we turned to for more insight, and found these:

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that beginning in 2011, the population 65 and older will grow faster than the total population in every single state.
In 2030, 10 states are projected to have more people 65 and older than under 18.

The implications for social policy, social services, social justice, and charitable support are staggering. We at SCS are involved in our 5-year planning cycle to address how we may remain responsive to these trends. With your help and support, we can be ready for a bright future of caring for our senior citizens.

By Brad Catherman
Vice President of Gift Planning