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Agencies Collect Necessities for Seniors in Need

At Living Community of St. Joseph, managers have set up the "Meaning of Christmas" tree. The tags you find on the tree list needs for seniors.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) This time of year, we hear so much about toys and gifts for kids.

But, many seniors are in need too and the gifts they're hoping to receive are based on need instead of want.

At Living Community of St. Joseph, managers have set up the "Meaning of Christmas" tree. The tags you find on the tree are handmade paper ornaments. They list needs for seniors.

"This is just one tiny way we can reach out and make a difference," said Peggy Evans, Living Community of St. Joseph.  "That's what we do. We take care of seniors. I really have a heart for seniors and I have since I was a little girl."

The needs for seniors are different from most wish lists you see at Christimas. The items range from soap to laundry detergent.

"Just knowing that there are people out there that are not having the things that we take for granted breaks my heart," added Evans.

All of the items collected through the project will be donated to Interserv in St. Joseph. The agency will deliver the items based on need to Interserv clients throughout the community.

"It really is everything to me. When I was a little girl I went to the Wesley Center which was part of Interserv back then. "It's just something I feel passionate about want to support it any way I can," said Laurie Piper, Interserv.

Working together, both groups hope to help nearly 300 seniors this holiday season with meals and basic necessities.

"Getting other people to join in and help is a fun thing this is my favorite time of the year because of that. You see how giving a community is. People want to give and there's a huge need," added Piper.

And, they hope anyone who passes by the tree is inspired to give. Donations for seniors can be dropped off at Living Community of St. Joseph on Heartland Road through the end of the year.
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