Soroptimists Ask Community to Make Christmas Special for Seniors
Reno, Nev. Oct. 28, 2012 –Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide some seniors with, perhaps, the only gift they will receive this Christmas.
The Salvation Army Silver Angel Tree lights up on Nov. 19at Shoppers Square Mall. People in the community can choose a tag with the name of a senior, purchase the gift and drop it off at The Salvation Army. Soroptimist Diana Dillon coordinates the event and says the community plays an important role.
"We encourage everyone to take time out of the busy holiday season to pick a name off the tree and help someone in need," she said. "Every year there are more and more names and unfortunately not all of them get picked."
Gift requests generally include items they need rather than items they want. In the past, seniors asked for things like slippers, bathrobes, blankets, sweat pants, bed sheets or a warm coat.
"Seniors are often forgotten because kids are top of mind during the holiday season," Dillon said. "So we like to do something special for them. This is generally the only present they will get and it's coming from strangers – individuals in the community."
Every year, for the past 20 years, the Soroptimist women have delivered 200 to 300 gifts to seniors in need. They bring their family and friends to help make the day special. When delivering gifts to returning participants, some seniors even like to invite them in for cookies, tea and a conversation.
To participate you can visit the tree, located in Shoppers Square in Reno on the corner of Plumb Ln and S. Virginia St. Drop off unwrapped gifts at the Salvation Army on Oddie Blvd. in Sparks. Visit www.sitmnv.org for more information.
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows (SITM) is part of an international organization of business and professional women. The goal of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows Media Release11/18