Volunteers Spread Christmas Cheer to Seniors
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Some Chattanooga volunteers are spreading some Christmas cheer to senior citizens in the community.
You can call them the Santas for Seniors.
They are playing the role of Santa’s elves, delivering more than 600 care packages to area senior citizens in just a few days.
“We take their regular meals out also, but we try to take a Christmas gift out that they can utilize for Christmas and through the year because the gifts are not just a present, they’re something that they can use during the course of the entire year,” said David Crutcher, a driver for Meals on Wheels.
These folks also deliver meals to local seniors five days a week year round through the Meals On Wheels program.
On top of that, volunteers got help from residents who donated money or everyday items for the care packages.
Some children even wrote Christmas cards.
“It’s just a joy to just be able to serve them,” Crutcher said. “A lot of them contributed so much to our community in their lifetime, and so we try to show our appreciation for them.”
“Everything is so nice and useable,” said Benora Holder, a Meals on Wheels recipient. “And I’m just shocked over your coming out, taking my picture, and giving me all these nice presents.”
Volunteers say they love playing Santa’s helpers, but the Christmas joy goes both ways.
“They’re just as much our Santa Claus to us as we are to them, because we get a great feeling when we deliver things to them,” Crutcher said.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Meals On Wheels program should contact the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability.