Meals on Wheels East Texas introduces ‘Santas for Seniors’

You can drop off items for the senior citizens in need of gifts at Family Dollar locations, Plaza Tower, and other area drop-off spots.
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:46 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 9:45 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Meals on Wheels East Texas serves more than 2,700 clients in six East Texas counties. According to their website, Meals on Wheels Ministry mission is to deliver nutritious meals, safety checks and other services that enable seniors and disabled citizens to remain in their own homes.

Santas for Seniors is a gift drive to bring these seniors something to open on the Holiday’s along with their meals. This year they are asking for new or handmade blankets, towels, no-slip socks, gift cards, and activity books.

“They don’t often have the resources to be the simplest things that you and I take for granted that we have everyday. So, bringing them some of these needed items really helps them, especially during the holidays,” Meals on Wheels East Texas Executive Director Trudy Williams said.

One of their goals is to abate the loneliness and isolation of elderly and disabled persons by providing daily contact with members of their communities, which Williams said is important now more than ever because of the pandemic.

Drop-off boxes are located throughout Tyler and Longview at Southside Bank, Family Dollar (Most stores in Tyler; NW Loop 323, Troup Highway, Front & Glenwood, Front & Beckham, Highway 155), Bill Day Tire in Tyler and Longview, Tyler Open MRI, People’s Petroleum Building, and Walnut Street Baptist Church (Winnsboro).

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