GRADD collecting items for residents in local personal care homes through ‘Silver Bells’ project

November 22, 2021 | 12:09 am

Updated November 21, 2021 | 5:20 pm

Heather Mullican | Graphic by Owensboro Times

The annual “Silver Bells” project is back, with the goal to collect enough items to fill gift bags for approximately 150 residents in local personal care homes. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 13.

The Green River Area Development District participates annually in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Silver Bells project for residents of personal care homes, collecting items to deliver to residents living in personal care homes located in the seven-county area at Christmas time.  

About 115 personal care residents receive the holiday gift bags annually, but GRADD is hoping to reach 150 this year in four personal care homes located in Daviess, Henderson, and McLean Counties.  

Many of the individuals residing in these personal care homes take part in the state supplementation program and only retain up to $60 per month of personal spending money.  

Suggested donation items for the bags include:

  • canned soft drinks
  • chips
  • lip balm
  • tissues           
  • socks
  • snack crackers
  • gloves
  • snack cakes  
  • puzzle books
  • hand lotion
  • candy

Donations may be dropped off at the GRADD office (300 Gradd Way) during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Monetary donations are also welcome and are used to purchase items to complete the bags, as well as to buy fresh fruit for the bags. Checks can be written to GRADD and mailed to 300 GRADD Way, Owensboro, KY 42301 or placed in the mail drop box in front of the GRADD building. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Silver Bells in the memo line and/or on the envelope. 

Contact District Ombudsman Heather Mullican at 270-852-1383 for questions or additional information.

November 22, 2021 | 12:09 am

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