A lot of ‘good-hearted people’ in Lancaster

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By Sheryl Baker

I would to thank all the wonderful people who live in Lancaster County. We are always hearing about the bad things people do. Well, I want to tell about some good things people do.

Again this year, the Lancaster County Council on Aging (COA) sponsored the “shoe boxes for seniors,” a project that was started about six years ago.

The seniors who receive services from the COA are provided with gifts. Each wrapped shoe box or gift bag contains items for a male or female (sometimes either). These items includes socks, gloves, lotion, candy, etc., anything a senior citizen could use. The project continues to grow each year with more participation from different churches, groups and organizations. Thank you for all you do to bless the senior citizens of Lancaster County.

The following groups donated shoe boxes this year: A.R. Rucker Beta Club, Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church, Buford Elementary School, Buford Volunteer Fire Department, Church of the Good Shepherd, Covenant Baptist Church, Department of Social Services employees, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Hillside High School Class of 1970, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Kershaw First Presbyterian Church (Etta Hayes Circle), Lancaster Women’s Club, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, residents of Sun City and Susan Martoccia and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

I also want to thank some others for their wonderful gifts during the Christmas season. Bi-Lo stores in Lancaster donated about 200 Holiday Hope Bags that went to senior citizens throughout the county.

The Red Cross donated about 100 gift cards collected through the Christmas Basket Fund. Wal-Mart donated $1,000 that was used to purchase blankets, which were given to seniors.

All of our senior sites (Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs and Indian Land) received enough shoe boxes this year to give one to every client serviced by the COA. Each of our sites also held Christmas parties on Dec. 21. I want to say a special thanks to the ladies from Hopewell United Methodist Church, who provided the Lancaster site with a wonderful Christmas party. The food was delicious.

We also had some very good toe-tapping music from a local band called Maplewood. Thank you guys for warming our hearts through music.

Thanks again for all the good-hearted people in Lancaster County who made this a beautiful Christmas for a lot of senior citizens.

Even with all the misfortunes and job closings this year, Lancaster County residents still reached deep into their hearts to help someone else. This is the true meaning of the Christmas season. This is the true meaning of life.

Sheryl Baker

Site director for Lancaster County Council on Aging