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Donate to long-term care residents with Silver Bells gift drive

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 16:26:27-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — You can help spread some holiday cheer for people living in Kentucky's nursing, personal care, and family care homes.

"You can make a difference in someone's life with a small gift and a message that they are loved and valued," said Sherry Culp with Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency's (NHOA) 12th Annual Silver Bells gift drive is collecting items through Dec. 9. Items include blankets, snacks, candy, lip balm, socks, puzzle books, pens, stationery, and stamps.

Gifts can be purchased online and they will then be mailed to ombudsman offices. If donors prefer to shop local, items may be dropped off in the contactless drop box outside a local long-term care ombudsman office. Please wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and practice social distancing.

Here are more details on how you can join in in the gift-giving:

  1. Shop via Amazon Charity Wish List and your items will be delivered straight to the NHOA office to be distributed to residents. To purchase from the wish list, visit here.
  2. Make a tax-deductible contribution here and the NHOA will do the shopping for you.
  3. Drop off new, unwrapped items at a local long-term care ombudsman program. Leave the gift in the contactless drop box outside the office door. Please wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and practice social distancing when dropping off your gifts. To find the closest drop off location, visit here or call 1-800-372-2991.