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Elves for the Elderly Making Sure No One is Forgotten

Judi Broadhurst (left) and Bessie Jackson are filling Christmas bags with presents for the Elves for the Elderly program to give to homebound seniors and those living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the Highland Lakes. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

As she looked at the piles of blankets, scarves, slippers, puzzles, crossword books, and more, Bessie Jackson noted the gift bags for the Elves for the Elderly program needed one more item: night lights.

Those lights would make middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom or elsewhere much safer for someone with diminished sight.

Jackson and her co-elf, Judi Broadhurst, were busy filling the bags, which will number more than 700 by the time they’re ready to deliver to seniors in need across the Highland Lakes on Saturday, Dec. 15.

People can drop off donations at the T.Q. Brown Community Center, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, or call Jackson at (830) 385-2143.

Each bag will be designated for a man or a woman based on the footwear, clothing, and personal items in each.

Jackson has been leading Elves for the Elderly for years and noted it’s an important program for those it serves: seniors residing in nursing or assisted-living facilities as well as the homebound elderly.

“There are so many who have been forgotten,” she said. “It makes them feel better to know someone cares.”

Plenty of someones do care as evidenced by the amount of donations.

One pile included adult bibs handmade from bath towels. Another consisted of socks, bath sponges, and other everyday items.

Jackson noted the bags will be taken to seniors across the Highland Lakes as well as Liberty Hill who can’t leave rehabilitation centers or nursing and assisted-living facilities or who are shut-ins.

The donations came from churches, businesses, and anonymous givers.

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