International Nonprofit Gifts of Light Program Changes Lives this Holiday Season
Second Wind Dreams® Provided Seasonal Gifts and Visits to 630 Elders in Atlanta Community
ATLANTA,GA (December 29, 2014) —On December 24-25, Second Wind Dreams® 13th annual Gifts of Light program served more than 1,630 elders nationwide, 630 of those from Atlanta eldercare communities, through gift giving and holiday visits. This non-denominational program served residents that do not receive a gift or a visit during the holidays.
Volunteers delivered gifts on Christmas Eve, Christmas and/or Hanukkah, and spent time with their adopted elders sharing holiday stories and traditions. The visits were the most treasured gifts as the Gifts of Light recipients are selected based on their need. Most of the elders are wards of the state with little to no support during the holidays.
Retired Nurse Practitioner, Carole Kjellsen, has been a part of Gifts of Light for four years, adopting anywhere from 10-20 elders a year. She values elders and the impact this program has on them. “Remembering our elders is just as important to me as giving to children, remembering our Furry Friends and other community projects,” she said. “The elders have earned their spot in society by working hard as veterans and parents. They have been active in their churches and their communities. They deserve it.”
The Gifts of Light program was made possible through the dedication and service of more than 400 volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors. These sponsors include ADP, Atlanta Braves, Cox Enterprises, GEICO and Northside Hospital.
About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Atlanta-based organization has fulfilled more than 10,000 dreams with help from its sponsors: Senior Helpers, Caesars Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and UK-based Training 2 Care. For more information go to www.secondwind.org.
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