Dear Santa: I need help around the houseWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior citizens are keeping their Christmas lists simple and practical this year.
“I’d love for my house to be trimmed,” said Ceofia Mack, a member of Senior Centers Inc. on Jefferson Avenue.
Mack said it is hard for her to do trimming around her house, especially when it comes to climbing a ladder.
Debby Kelly, director of the Foster Grandparent Program, a program Senior Centers offers, said a lot of senior citizens need help around their house.
“That would be a wonderful gift, absolutely,” she said, noting the organization accepts volunteers to do such jobs.
Other seniors just want good health.
In addition to staying healthy, Bobbie King’s hopes she can continue to volunteer with kids.
“That’s the biggest, biggest, Christmas gift I can ask for … to keep my health together,” she said.
Other senior citizens said they don’t want any material objects; they want peace.
“[I wish for] peace all over the world,” Wealthy Huff said, “for everyone to come together in America, to be one and not divided.”
“I wish for more love, more peace and a better life,” Maurice Davis said. “And more people to be happy, joyful and people to be more loving to kids. Better health is the No. 1 key.”
Annie Edwards said she needs a new coat for Christmas, and Lillian Gaines wants heavy sweats, which she will wear when she volunteers.
Although Willar Pringle said she wanted health and strength, she also needs a new car because the motor went bad.
“I still like gifts,” she said, laughing. “I can always accept gifts.”
Elizabeth Richardson wants a new computer and TV. Nayland Hull and William Fleischer would like religious tapes and clothes.
Other senior citizens would rather choose their own gifts.
“Money,” Jannie Bester said, matter-of-factly. “I can buy new clothes with money.”