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There are so many elderly that spend the holidays alone,remember them with a phone call or a visit,a card or a plate full of cookies.You will not beileve how happy you will make them with a kind
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Remember the elderly during the holidays.

posted at 11/17/2010 8:10 AM EST
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There are so many elderly that spend the holidays alone,remember them with a phone call or a visit,a card or a plate full of cookies.You will not beileve how happy you will make them with a kind word or gesture.So many of them feel alone and useless,make them feel special.I have two ladies on my street that I always remember one is going on 103 years old and the other 98.I have learned so much from these ladies over the past 28 years,they truly are a blessing.My Mom and Mom in law are no longer with us and I have adopted these two as my Mothers.

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posted at 11/17/2010 9:30 AM EST
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The elderly are not the only ones alone at the holidays. I have been widowed for eleven years now and everyone seems to be going away or just having family for the holidays. Thanks fo being so nice and paying attention to your neighbors.

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posted at 11/17/2010 10:21 AM EST
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Gale - I'm certain that means the world to them.  God bless you.

John - if we lived nearer you could come have turkey with me !

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posted at 11/17/2010 10:42 AM EST
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I agree!  There was an elderly lady who lived down the street from us.  My sons and I would stop by and visit her about once a week.  She passed away a few years ago and we miss going to visit her.  She had some really great and interesting stories and my kids loved listening to her.  After she died, her cousin told me how much it meant to her to have us visit.  She said we brought so much joy to her life.

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posted at 11/17/2010 11:57 AM EST
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I also have an elderly homebound friend who is very dear to me.  Throughout the year she and I enjoy going out to eat and running errands.  Christmas is a very special time and is a time that I enjoy doing something extra special for her.  One of my favorite gifts for her was a wicker laundry basket filled with all sorts of personal things.  Some of the things it included were hand lotion, candles, air freshener, bagged candy, canned foods, magazines, Christmas table placemats, kleenex, paper towels.  I even included a book of "forever" postage stamps in her Christmas card.   She was so excited, she started crying.  Now that was a very Merry Christmas.      

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posted at 11/17/2010 7:43 PM EST
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The elderly are not the only ones alone at the holidays. I have been widowed for eleven years now and everyone seems to be going away or just having family for the holidays. Thanks fo being so nice and paying attention to your neighbors.
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John I'm so sorry about the loss of your wife.John maybe you could volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or a church in your area serving the less fortunate.That would make you feel so good inside and you wouldn't have to be alone and maybe build new friendships.My friend and her husband started doing this a few years ago because their children don't live in  the area.They find great fulfillment in doing this.I had a heart attack and bypass surgery 13 years ago and all my neighbors and friends cooked meals for my family for an entire month,my illness brought an entire street together,this is why I say that I'm blessed to live on this street.We're just not a street but a community.

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posted at 11/19/2010 9:37 AM EST
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I too am sorry for you loss John.  Very good suggestions about shelter servers.  My Grand-daughter will be doing that this year with the Girl Scouts. 

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posted at 11/21/2010 8:20 PM EST
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I belong to the Lionettes Club that is associated to the Lion's Club, and we are donating 100 care packages to the local nursing homes.  I have an elderly friend that is like a Mom to me and her husband passed on 2 years ago.  Every Sat. I take her shopping with me and on holidays, if she doesn't get to see her family, I make sure she is with me and my husband so she is not along for the holiday.  Always remember to reach out and touch someone...they will never forget!

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posted at 11/22/2010 7:48 AM EST
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It is wonderful to help people - not just at the holidays.  I think you get just as much from helping them as they get from the experience.

Re: Remember the elderly during the holidays.

posted at 11/22/2010 8:47 AM EST
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Every year our son who is a police officer and also works for a plant nursery part time brings home all the "left over" poinsettia's on the Christmas Eve.  Chirstmas morning we take them down the road to the nursing home and distrubute them to residents.  So many of them are thrilled since sadly they were dropped off by a family member and left to die.  At any rate, we spread the cheer of Christmas in this way and are blessed by it every single year!!!

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posted at 11/22/2010 9:55 AM EST
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I'm so glad to see that everyone gives a little time to someone who needs it,it means everything to them and it should make you feel good inside to know that you made their day and maybe their year.Don't ever hesitate to reach out to someone.When I was younger I was a nursing assistant and I took care of an elderly women that no one wanted to take care of because she was mean.A small act of kindness brought us together and we became friends.She passed away many years ago but I will never forget her,she changed my life forever.Like the old saying you can't judge a book by it's cover.I love you Elizabeth.

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posted at 11/22/2010 1:10 PM EST
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There are a lot of people in need. A little kindness goes a long way. One never knows how they effect a person's life. Just a smile or a little patience can change a persons day.

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posted at 11/22/2010 2:35 PM EST
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I just posted a TV on free-cycle that we no longer need and the lady that was the first to respond was crying as she said it would be a Christmas gift for the entire family because they can't find work for such luxuries.  She dosen't know it but I have her on a Christmas list where Santa will make a call to their house with not only toys for the little ones but a food basket to warm their souls.  Why not have the Christmas spirit all year long!

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posted at 2/5/2011 10:48 PM EST
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At all the holidays I cook extra and my sons take food to my sister in law.  She is paraplegic and cannot come here any longer.  We cannot go there because of my husband's MS.  There is an elderly lady who lives upstairs from my sister in law and my sons take a plate to her also.  We also send food for my sister in law's aid.  She has someone with her 24 hours a day.  Before my husband was diagnosed with MS we would help her constantly.  We do what we can.  The woman upstairs from her is so appreciative for the food.

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