EATON — This year continues to be a challenging year, especially so for seniors who have been isolated in nursing homes, but an Eaton resident is trying to brighten up the lives of residents by continuing a program which began two years ago.
Adopt a Grandparent, started by August Rose in 2020, looks to deliver goodie bags to nursing home residents this holiday season. Rose started this fundraiser in 2020 with 284 residents adopted. In 2021, there were 392 residents adopted.
This year, 400 residents will be sponsored at Vancrest of Eaton, Greenbriar of Eaton, Maple Gardens of Eaton, Foundations of New Paris, Empowering People Inc. and Seniors of Camden Way.
Rose said the inspiration came from wanting to give back to seniors in the community.
“We thought of the senior idea and adopting the grandparents — with them often not being able to see friends and family and have visitors — just making sure that they feel extra special this holiday season,” she said.
For a $20 donation by either individuals or businesses, a senior will be given a candy cane, a pair of fuzzy socks, a bottle of hand and foot lotion and a hand-signed card with the name of the person or business that provided the goodie bag.
“I’m looking for anyone or any businesses that would like to adopt a grandparent this holiday season,” she said. “To be able to brighten them up is so rewarding.”
The goal is for every resident to receive a goodie bag. All money donated will be put toward the goodie bags. The $20 donation covers the cost of supplies only for this non-profit fundraiser event.
Rose said local businesses have been very supportive of her venture.
“It’s coming from individual people and our small local businesses, which really feels good, especially because I know that they’re probably struggling to stay open,” she said. “But they’re helping us spread the word, so it feels amazing.”
Those interested in donating can contact Rose at 937-336-4391, on Facebook, or pay through PayPal ([email protected]), Venmo (@Augustrose) or Cash App ($Lashaugust).
Donations should be received by Friday, Dec. 9.