BLACKSBURG — Community members, local businesses, college students and Warm Hearth Village (WHV) employees adopted 120 low-income seniors at Warm Hearth Village in 2020 through the village’s Silver Santa program.
The seniors were presented with $10,617 in gifts in December.
Seniors filled out their needs/wish lists in September, and these were shared with donors. Lists included requests for food, personal care and pet supplies and any special items. Wishes ranged from a gift card to a local fast-food restaurant, to a cowboy hat, to special food to meet a pet’s restricted dietary needs. A sleigh load of gifts came pouring in from the community, and they were distributed to the seniors shortly before Christmas.
Among those receiving gifts was WHV resident Geraldine Grass, who said she was overwhelmed with delight when she opened the door and saw the gifts. “I could use everything in it, and it was absolutely wonderful of all those who donated,” she said.
Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on its campus and in the home.