Elder loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting the health and well-being of our “invisible elders” living at home and in senior care communities right here in Iowa.
More than forty percent of those age 65 and over regularly experience loneliness. These feelings of separation, disconnection and isolation lead to serious health problems such as depression and dementia, as well as an increased likelihood of death.
Inspired by Perry Lutheran Homes StepUp Movement (Serving Together our Elders with Passion) and our past initiatives to fight hunger through 100,000 meals packed in four years at Perry Lutheran Homes through Meals from the Heartland, comes the newest endeavor to impact our elders living right here in Dallas County: Project Deliver The LOVE.
“Project Deliver the LOVE” is a fun way for the community to StepUp together with Perry Lutheran Homes to celebrate, serve, and engage with elderly citizens. Two hundred volunteers from businesses, churches, civic groups, the community and more, will be joining in the fun and will “Deliver the LOVE” to nearly 350 elder citizens on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Sign up for one-hour shifts anytime from 9AM to 4PM on Wednesday, May 12, and choose to either assemble baskets or hand-deliver the “love” or both! Sign-up easily online using the form below. Or, email or call Sara Nefzger at Perry Lutheran Homes: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-465-5316.
“The goal for ‘Project Deliver the LOVE’ is that the connections formed continue beyond the delivery of the basket. The hope is that this project helps to form connections between elders and community members that lead to additional visits (when safe to do so), conversations, food, smiles and joy. It can be as simple as making a phone call, sending a card, helping with yard work, or bringing over a meal. The simplest of things can also be the most meaningful helping our elders to remember they are loved and not forgotten,” said Wanda Pritzel, Director of Charitable Giving for Perry Lutheran Homes.
The basket packing and assembly will take place at Perry Lutheran Homes Eden Acres Campus located at 1300 28th St, Perry. Basket packing shifts start at 9AM with the last packing shift starting at 3PM, and volunteers will need to be age 12 and over to pack. Basket delivery shifts start at 10AM with the last delivery shift starting at 4PM, and volunteers will need to be age 16 and over with a valid driver’s license to deliver.
We are currently looking for organizations to donate specific food items, baskets with handles, and for volunteers to sign up for one hour packing or delivery shifts to make "Project Deliver The LOVE" a success!
“The community of Perry and Dallas County still has elders that are lonely. Some are afraid and hungry. Many feel forgotten. Nothing is more exciting to see than the community SteppingUp and making sure we do everything we can to celebrate and take care of our elders physically, mentally, spiritually and more,” said Melissa Gannon, COO and Administrator of Perry Lutheran Homes.
Community members are encouraged to think about elders they know who are age 75 or older, live in Perry, or within a 10-mile radius of Perry, and would experience joy by receiving a personal visit and a basket filled with food, fun and encouragement. Please submit them through the web form below. We have met our limit for elderly basket recipients; however, if you submit their name and info we will send them an encouraging note and add them to the list for next year's Project Deliver the LOVE in 2022!
There are three ways for you to get involved with Project Deliver the LOVE!
1. Sign-Up to Pack or Deliver
- Sign-up to volunteer for a one-hour shift using our web form below. Choose anytime from 9AM to 4PM on Wednesday, May 12 to pack and/or deliver the LOVE. Or, you may contact Sara Nefzger at email@example.com or 515-465-5316.
2. Donate Baskets or Food Items (or Both!)
- Donate food items or baskets with handles. Contact Sara Nefzger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-465-5316 to learn more about what exactly is needed.
3. Submit an Elderly Person's Name & Info
- Submit an elderly person through our web form below that you know (age 75 and older) that lives within a 10 mile radius of Perry, IA to receive a visit, basket, and some LOVE!
- We have met our limit for elderly basket recipients; however, if you submit their name and info we will send them an encouraging note and add them to the list for next year's Project Deliver the LOVE in 2022!
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