Although Christmas is a time of wonder and joy for most people many of the seniors that Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) serves through their annual Christmas Blessing project, a community supported project, are homebound and low-income.
Winter months are a tough time of year for the vulnerable seniors who have to contend with higher utility costs that affect their ability to purchase food or life-saving medications on their limited incomes.
LCCC Board of Directors and co-workers have seen a tremendous outpouring of love and help during this great time of unknown and crisis with COVID-19 through generous donations of funds, items and through volunteer time for our annual Christmas Blessing project. This project brings help, hope and love to local homebound and low-income seniors.
LCCC is truly grateful to all of their community partners who stepped up to help many of the county’s most vulnerable seniors.
This year, 6 volunteers and a number of staff spent 181 hours soliciting, receiving and packaging the numerous donations at the Marion Township Hall as they readied for the deliveries.
During December 9th – 11th, 71 cheer-filled volunteers delivered the generously donated items in the Christmas Blessing boxes to 170 seniors while also spreading love and cheer.
Community volunteers along with LCCC staff began planning LCCC’s annual Christmas Blessing project as early as August. They worked tirelessly in the community seeking donations of food, paper products, grants and cash with a combined value exceeding $21,000; then packing and delivering the food boxes with hygiene products, paper and cleaning products.
According to Kate Lawrence of Lawrence Auto Body Shop and County Commissioner
She has always supported Catholic Charities and said that to have the opportunity to deliver Christmas Love to seniors is an honor.
Each assisted individual or couple is either served through one of LCCC’s senior service programs or was referred through one of our many community partners and churches.