Donations provide support for seniors

The Gifts for Grandparents program offers a new option to aid seniors this year.

The Gifts for Grandparents program offers a new option to aid seniors this year.

Donations to the Family Services of Central Alberta effort can pay for community support workers helping seniors in their homes with light housekeeping, meal preparation and grocery shopping.

“The services are part of our Aging in Place strategy,” said Dawna Morey, the FSCA’s Generations project manager.

She added that some fixed income seniors struggle with the fees.

The agency is in its fifth year promoting Gifts for Grandparents, which provides small gift bags to isolated seniors without families.

Last year, more than 300 were supplied.

Suggested donations for the bags include new slippers, socks, toiletries, crackers, jams, gift cards, books, coffee, hot chocolate and puzzles. Donations of cash are also accepted with those over $10 eligible for tax receipts. Donation deadline is Dec. 14.

Volunteers are also required to help pack the gift bags.

For more information on the program, contact Morey at (403) 348-6547 or by email at

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