Christmas Spirit focuses on cleanliness

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For more information about Christmas Spirit for Seniors, call (662) 841-8477, or send an e-mail to dawnbaker@comfortkeepers.com.

By M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal
TUPELO – Cleanliness is more than a virtue during the holiday season.
The Christmas Spirit for Seniors program gathers soap, detergent, shampoo, paper towels and other cleaning supplies for needy seniors in Northeast Mississippi.
“These people still live in their homes,” said Dawn Baker, marketing manager for Comfort Keepers, which runs the program. “Sometimes, they take baths with dish detergent because they don’t have soap. They might wash their clothes with shampoo because they don’t have laundry detergent.”
Other programs focus on food and clothing, but cleanliness is a crucial component of health care for an at-risk population.
“We put the cleaning supplies in there so they can kill germs,” Baker said, “and, hopefully, keep them safe from the flu and other diseases.”
Social workers with Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging in Pontotoc and Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District in Booneville provide names of older residents in need. Churches and private individuals also nominate seniors.
Donations of money and supplies are welcome at Comfort Keepers, The Mall at Barnes Crossing and Wizard 106.7, all in Tupelo; Action Lanes Bowling and Recreation in New Albany; Deb’s Place in Fulton; and Jake Brake Cafe in Corinth.
In addition, raffle tickets are one for $3 and three for $5 to win a kid’s four-wheeler. Tickets are available at D& D Trade in Peppertown.
“We fill these little laundry baskets,” Baker said, “and we deliver them until we run out.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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