The Herald Bulletin

October 19, 2013

AngelWish to make holidays brighter for isolated seniors

The Herald Bulletin

---- — YORKTOWN — The 12th annual AngelWish campaign to make the holidays brighter for low-income seniors and isolated individuals in East Central Indiana is under way by LifeStream Services, and individuals, groups, organizations, agencies and companies are invited to help.

The AngelWish campaign is a part of the AngelWorx volunteer program at LifeStream. Last year, some 1,653 people in East Central Indiana received gifts or cards through the AngelWish program.

AngelWish is the opportunity to help isolated older adults have a better holiday season by providing everyday necessities to those who don’t often have the means to provide such things for themselves. Seniors in Blackford, Jay, Henry, Madison, Delaware and Grant counties will receive the items. In Henry County, the project is supported by the LifeStream Senior Advisory Council which meets regularly to help seniors in that area. Randolph County conducts a similar program in the summer months for its residents.

“No one should be alone or overlooked on any given day, especially during the holidays,” said Laura Bray, volunteer services administrator for LifeStream. “We invite people to help us deliver smiles to isolated seniors this holiday season.”

There are four ways to help:

— Donate items – Only new, unused items can be accepted. Item suggestions include bath soap, hand lotion, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, conditioner, other toiletry items, pillows, towels, washcloths, kitchen items, calling cards, gift cards, flashlights with batteries, radios, socks, scarves and gloves.

— Donate food — Nonperishable foods can be donated. Suggested items include canned goods, peanut butter, canned meat, crackers, cereal, soup mixes and other non-perishables.

— Cash donations – Cash donations are also needed to fill in the gaps to make sure the individuals receive as many items as possible. Checks can be made out to LifeStream and mailed to P.O. Box 308, Yorktown, IN 47396. Please put AngelWish on the memo line of the check.

— Adopt-a-Senior – Individuals, groups, businesses and organizations are invited to adopt one or more seniors by providing bags of everyday items and nonperishable food for AngelWish. Those who wish to adopt a senior can contact Bray so they can tailor their donations.

All donations, including cash contributions, can be delivered to the agency’s headquarters at 1701 S. Pilgrim Blvd., Yorktown. The offices are just off Ind. 32 east of Yorktown. Donations are needed by Dec 6 to enable volunteers to deliver items before the end of the year.

Volunteers are also needed to help deliver the items, and those interested in helping can contact Bray. All volunteers must agree to a background check and be willing to sign an Angel Log to keep track of the hours they spend helping with the project.

Volunteers are needed year-round by the agency for those who are interested in getting involved in making a long-term commitment to help area seniors and people with disabilities.

“We offer several options for volunteers to get involved, from helping at Senior Cafe sites to office help to directly working with individuals in need,” Bray said. Last year, 293 volunteers contributed 19,024 hours of assistance.

For more information about AngelWish or becoming a volunteer, call LifeStream at (765) 759-1121 or (800) 589-1121.

For The Herald Bulletin