John Greenleaf Whittier: “Somehow not only for Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing the poor, and lonely and sad, the more of your heart’s possessing returns to make you glad.”
The Clearfield Borough Police Department and the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. (CCAAA) partnered to create “Giving Trees” for area elderly last Christmas season and are again are teaming up to spread some holiday cheer.
Elderly citizens in the Clearfield area, many of them living alone with no close family members or no family at all, could benefit greatly from a small act of kindness.
Last year, many individuals and organizations came together to provide truckloads of gifts and financial assistance for heating. More than $9,600 was collected and sent directly to local fuel suppliers to ensure our frail and elderly were warm in their own homes last winter.
The St Francis Elementary School students held their own fundraisers and presented the Giving Tree with an amazing $1,670 to sponsor fuel assistance for four individuals. It was great to see this become an intergenerational project and see our young community members joining forces to support our elderly.
For 2016 – the police department and the Area Agency on Aging, are partnering again with Clearfield Pharmacy & Gift Shoppe and CVS of Clearfield to host trees. The employees of the local PennDOT & CBT Bank will also have their own tree and collect internally.
Tags will be hung Nov. 23, at both pharmacies. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 9, a giving tree will be available at the Clearfield Pharmacy and the Clearfield CVS. The giving tree will offer the needs of many senior citizens around the area.
Individuals are welcome to take a card, purchase the needed items on the card, and drop off the items and the card at either the Clearfield Borough Police Station or the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, both located on North Front Street, Clearfield.
Police and the CCAAA staff encourage everyone to please help someone in need this holiday season.
Something new for this year is the establishment of a “Giving Tree Fund” at CBT Bank (Clearfield Bank & Trust). Anyone wishing to donate to the assist the elderly with utility costs (heating assistance, water bills, etc.) this holiday season can drop off a check made out to “Giving Tree Fund” at any CBT office (main or branches). Receipts will be available for tax purposes. The money collected will then be evenly distributed among those elderly needing this service. All money collected will go straight back to the area elderly this Christmas season.
The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging and the Clearfield Borough Police department would again like to say “thank you” in advance to the many community members who will so generously support our Giving Tree. They would also like to thank Clearfield Pharmacy and CVS of Clearfield for hosting the trees and also to the employees of PennDOT and CBT Bank for their support as well.
“Many senior citizens are often forgotten about during the holiday season. Let’s make sure they have a great holiday as well,” says Rikki Ross, director of planning and marketing, CCAAA.
“We were so overwhelmed by your kindness and look forward to this year! Thank you for helping us enhance the quality of life for elderly residents throughout the county. We are truly grateful for your generosity.”