Stuff a Stocking for a Senior

Caesars Windsor Cares kicks off Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors donation drive with $1,500 donation

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

Since 2013, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) has collected donations every year to ensure seniors at risk of loneliness and isolation receive a gift during the holidays through their Stuff-a-Stocking campaign.

This year, they’re starting their campaign off strong with a donation of $1,500 from Caesars Windsor Cares.  ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo says this is as good a start as they could have hoped for.

“This donation really gets us off on the right foot and we can’t thank Caesars Windsor enough for stepping forward like this,” DiBartolomeo said. “Giving to our local seniors, many of whom won’t see many, if any, other gifts come their way this year, is one of the best ways to truly get into the holiday spirit.  We’re really looking forward to seeing our community step up yet again.”

Local seniors help stuff stockings for seniors. ACS is running its Stuff a Stocking for Seniors campaign again this year. (Submitted photo)

Caesars Windsor isn’t stopping with their donation, as they will also give staff the opportunity to volunteer to help prepare the stockings for delivery.  According to Kelly Wolfe Gregoire, vice President of human resources at Caesars Windsor, the staff and management there are thrilled to be involved in the program.

“We are proud to work with Amherstburg Community Services to help older individuals live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives at every stage of the aging process,” Wolfe Gregoire said.

Donations are now being collected at ACS, 179 Victoria St. S. in Amherstburg.  They need small gifts that can easily fit into stockings such as small toiletries, candy and treats, warm socks, homemade cards, and other small items.  Monetary donations by cash or cheque can be brought to ACS’ office, while donations made by credit card can be given on their website, www.amherstburg-cs.com.

For more information, those interested can learn more by visiting ACS’ website or call their office at 519-736-5471.

 

 

ACS helps seniors with “Stuff a Stocking” initiative again this year

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) once again brightened the Christmas season for area seniors.

ACS held its “Stuff a Stocking for Seniors” initiative for the fourth straight year with the number of stockings given out being increased from 200 to 400 this year. Executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said they received a strong amount of donations from the community this year, with everyone from sports teams to schools joining members of the general public in helping out.

Volunteers from Caesars Windsor help ACS stuff the stockings for seniors.

DiBartolomeo said they deliver to seniors’ homes, including those who use ACS’ services like Meals on Wheels or another service. They also get requests from people who know a senior that needs help around the holiday season.

The stockings were also distributed at ACS’ congregate dining meal last Friday at the ACS office on Victoria St. S.

The stockings were filled with chocolates, gloves, various toiletries and other small items suitable for senior citizens.

“It’s been really successful,” said DiBartolomeo.

Staff from Caesars Windsor came out last week to help ACS stuff the stockings. Caesars Windsor donated $1,500 towards this year’s campaign. Andre Houad, one of the Caesars employees that came to the ACS office to help, said they were glad to do so.

A group of seniors hold up their stockings at ACS’ congregate dining meal Dec. 15.

“It’s for a good cause,” he said. “It’s just a few hours of your day that goes a long way. It puts smiles on people’s faces.”

DiBartolomeo added that ACS does hear positive feedback from seniors who receive the stockings.

“We get letters from them and phone calls. They are very appreciative,” said DiBartolomeo. “Some of them say it’s the only gift they’ll get.”