Featured image: Southside students collected items for area seniors this year.
It’s been said that many seniors will spend this holiday season alone. During the busiest time of year, some seniors cannot be with their families due to distance, and sadly, some are simply forgotten.
Yet thanks to the kindergarten students at Southside Elementary, local seniors have certainly not been forgotten — but specifically chosen to be remembered this year.
The children participated by bringing thoughtful items such as socks, blankets, lotions, and soaps. Combined, the eight kindergarten classes donated more than 150 items that will be distributed to “Silver Angels” through White River Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA), Mountain Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center, and the Independence County Senior Citizens Program before Christmas.
“We want to teach the kids about giving and giving back to their community,” said Kim Cummings, a kindergarten teacher at Southside. “This year, we talked about how the elderly might not have as much, and the kids really wanted to help the ‘Silver Angels.'”
“I want to say ‘Thank you’ to the Southside kindergarten classes that provided gifts for the seniors we serve here in Independence County,” said Ted Hall, executive director of WRAAA. “Christmas is about hope. What a wonderful way to share hope during this Christmas season.”