Feeling warm at the holidays: Christmas for the Elderly program helps improve lives of Porter County residents

2012-12-01T00:00:00Z 2012-12-02T20:17:07Z Feeling warm at the holidays: Christmas for the Elderly program helps improve lives of Porter County residentsBy Annette Arnold annette.arnold@nwqi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

CHESTERTON | Mary just wants to stay warm this winter.

Living downstairs in her son Greg's home, it can get cold.

With the help of the Christmas for the Elderly program, Greg hopes to get a winter heater installed for his mom.

"She can also use some warm clothes like pajamas, sweat pants and shirts, socks, and just some warm clothes," Greg said.

The Visiting Nurse Association and The Times Media Co. jointly sponsor the Christmas for the Elderly charity program which has raised more than $550,000 in the past 25 years. This money helps improve the quality of lives for Porter County residents.

Mary gets services through the VNA. She had a broken hip and also had some bed sores that the nurses have been taking care of and changing her dressings.

"I appreciate everything the VNA has done for us," Mary said, who is used to being independent. She started working at age 11. She's been a waitress, a nursing assistant and has also cared for her grandson who recently passed away.

"I'm slowly recovering," Mary said. "I can walk up the steps with help now."

The VNA is accepting donations to help. The Times will publish profiles in Porter County editions about seniors who benefit from the community's financial support.

The VNA is a nonprofit home health agency licensed by the state.

Resident donations and United Way funding allow the agency to provide care a reduced rate.


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