Family, friends, food and gifts are a few thoughts that come to mind when we think about the holidays. Unfortunately, many Alachua County seniors struggle financially and emotionally during the holiday season.
Throughout the year, ElderCare of Alachua County assists seniors in need and each fall it hosts the annual ElderCare Holiday Drive. Pitch in by dropping off nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and personal care items. Last year, faculty and staff at UF Health assisted more than 250 area seniors in need through the drive. Volunteers from around the organization helped package and deliver the supplies.
This year’s drive begins in mid-November and there’s still time to donate. For more information, look for Shands News emails, search the Bridge or call 352-265-0680, ext. 44832.
ElderCare is a grant- and donation-funded agency that provides home and community-based services for seniors in our area and is operated by UF Health Shands.