By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
More than 300 area low-income, homebound seniors will find Santa has visited them early this Christmas, with case workers delivering care packages this month.
The North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments’ (NARCOG) “Lightening Santa’s Load” program will distribute gift bags, packed with toiletry items and a fleece throw, for 314 clients with the help of private donations, said Sissy Pearson, NARCOG outreach coordinator. A handful of local disabled children will also receive teddy bears with a Christmas lollipop, she said.
Basic items like toilet paper, soap, scrub brushes and tissues were donated or purchased with charitable funds from local churches and other organizations, Pearson. Some seniors will also receive a gift-wrapped box full of canned goods and other non-perishable food items.
“We’ve been tremendously blessed by the outpouring of support,” Pearson said. “It just started spreading by word of mouth, and now every homebound client we have will receive something for Christmas.”
The clients’ case managers will be delivering the care packages this monthly during their routine visits.
“The items collected this year were through individual and group donations as well as monetary donations to our 501(c)(3) NARCOG Foundation,” Pearson said. “We are very thankful for all of the contributions to help us provide a little Christmas for all of our homebound clients.”
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