Campbell Co. Public Library urging area residents to participate in new senior vacation card program
The holidays can be a difficult time for seniors. Simple gestures, like a heartfelt card, can brighten up their day. That’s the premise of the new Cards for Seniors program, an initiative led by the Campbell County Public Library to deliver handmade greeting cards to seniors in the area.
Customers can use the supplied supplies located in the kids’ section of each branch to make party cards and drop them off in the designated box by December 22. Library staff will distribute cards to seniors in the area throughout the holiday season.
According to the CDC, loneliness is a serious public health risk that affects a significant portion of the elderly in the United States. They are more likely to experience loneliness due to factors such as living alone, the death of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.
A 2020 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) found that about a quarter of people aged 65 and over are socially isolated, which is associated with a 50% increased risk of dementia.
Community care for the elderly is essential to combat loneliness. Reaching out through a thoughtful map can have a big impact in helping individuals feel taken care of.
While there, the children can write a letter to Santa Claus. All CCPL branches have templates that kids can use to send Christmas greetings to the North Pole, or they can get creative and create their own. If clients prefer to submit their letters online, they can do so at www.cc-pl.org. Regardless of the method, letters should be submitted by December 18th with full address and name to give Santa plenty of time to respond before the big day!
Campbell County Public Library