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VALPARAISO — Polly was able to make her most recent doctor's appointment, thanks to a neighbor and her gas gift card she received through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

VNA hospice patient Carmen is enjoying the lift chair, which helps ease her pain.

Betty was able to give both her great grandchildren a gift, including a special blanket hand stitched by a VNA hospice volunteer.

These are just three of the items purchased through the Christmas for the Elderly Program

The Visiting Nurse Association and The Times Media Co. jointly sponsor the program, which has raised nearly $750,000 over the past 29 years. This year they have raised $31,233 from 333 donors.

The VNA is still accepting donations to help.

The VNA is a nonprofit hospice agency licensed by the state. In addition to hospice care in a patient’s home, extended care facility, assisted living and at the VNA Hospice Center, the VNA also provides Meals on Wheels, Companion Homemaker, Lifeline and grief support for children at the VNA Phoenix Center.

Support from the community and United Way funding allow the agency to provide care regardless of the ability to pay for services.

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Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.