TWIN FALLS, Idaho — UPDATE: Thanks to the generous donations from the community, local anesthesia techs were able to give stockings to 350 seniors in 17 facilities in 8 towns across the Magic Valley!
Original story: The holidays are a time of year where we celebrate family, but this year that looks a little different thanks to the pandemic--especially for our local senior population.
If you're feeling in the giving spirit, local anesthesia techs at St. Luke's are working to make sure those seniors have a happy holiday through their "Stuff a Stocking for a Senior" event!
"Normally we get their wish lists and we get gifts for them, but this year COVID has thrown us through a loop of events, so we decided to do something a little more personable and easier for people to participate with items around the house," explained Micaela Lee, one of the event organizers. "We decided to do stockings for seniors this year!"
Lee says the event has always been centered around bringing holiday cheer, but it's especially important this year.
"A lot of the residents right now are confined to their room and not able to see their family members," Lee said. "It's probably very lonely for them."
Their goal is to get 70 stockings stuffed for the seniors at Heritage Assisted Living and Memory Care.
"It's a great facility. We've done things in the past for them and they always appreciate it so much. We feel good about helping them out," said Mo McCue, one of the event's organizers.
If you'd like to help out, all you have to do is stuff a stocking with some goodies like socks, puzzles, and handwritten notes. Then you can drop your stocking off at the front desk at St. Luke's.
"They'll get it right up to us. In the past, we've had a bunch of other donations to the community and they make their way up to us, so eventually they'll get to us," Lee said.
They're accepting donations until December 16th.