Holiday program raises $38K for Porter County elderly

2014-01-20T17:30:00Z Holiday program raises $38K for Porter County elderlyAnnette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Frank and Jane celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary with dinner at Rodini's in Michigan City.

Earlier that day they got their hair styled by Theresa Rodiguez of "L" Salon in Valparaiso.

These two treats were part of the Christmas for the Elderly program, which The Visiting Nurse Association and the Times Media Co. jointly sponsor.

The couple were delighted to get out and celebrate their anniversary, with the help of the VNA Companion Homemaker. 

This year's Christmas for the Elderly program program brought in $38,409.

"Too often our isolated seniors are forgotten simply because no one knows of their needs," said Maria Galka, vice president, development/public relations Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County.

"Through the Christmas for the Elderly Program, The Times and the VNA are able to share stories of real people who exemplify the needs of other seniors in the community. The VNA staff are truly grateful to have Christmas for the Elderly funds as a resource to assist in meeting the needs of their patients, which allows them to remain in their homes, as comfortable and independent as possible," she said.

The money raised from the program helps improve quality of lives for Porter County residents. The VNA is a nonprofit home health agency licensed by the state.

The Times featured eight people between Thanksgiving and Christmas in need of various items, including eyeglasses and lift chairs.

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