The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass (NHOA), which includes Harrison County, is once again accepting holiday gifts to fulfill gift wishes of residents living in nursing homes. Now in its fourth year, the Silver Bells Holiday Gift Drive brings a little extra cheer for residents who will otherwise receive no gifts during the holidays.
“Residents living in long-term care facilities are often the forgotten faces of the holidays. We are thrilled the response to this project has increased since we began four years ago. Last year we received an overwhelming response – 70 residents received gifts from people in the community,” said Sherry Culp, Executive Director of NHOA.
Becky Hacker, a certified NHOA ombudsman, says, “The smiles on the faces of residents when they received their gifts last year will be forever etched in my mind,” said Hacker. “It meant the world to them to receive a gift during the holidays. The residents are still talking about the gifts they received last Christmas.”
To learn more about specific resident wishes and to purchase a gift, call NHOA’s office at (859) 277-9215. Gifts should be returned to NHOA’s office, located in the Lexington Senior Citizens Center at 1530 Nicholasville Road, no later than Friday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. The gifts should be wrapped or placed in a gift bag with the resident’s name attached.