Scarves for Seniors Drive to Provide the Gift of Warmth for Low Income Elderly

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Rockville MD — The Grass Roots Organization for the Well-being of Seniors (GROWS) in partnership with the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County, announce the 2006 Scarves for Seniors Drive, and are urging individuals and organizations to give the gift of warmth by donating new, gift-wrapped and labeled winter wear items such as gloves, hat, scarves, mittens, slippers, socks or lap blankets.

This year’s goal is to provide 1,500 warm clothing items to low-income vulnerable senior adults living in Montgomery County. All donated items will be distributed in December to seniors living in the county’s subsidized housing programs. “These gifts, which on the surface appear to be small, really have a big impact in the lives of seniors,” said John Vass, Program Specialist, Resident Services Division, Housing Opportunities Commission. “Because of their very low incomes, most of our seniors walk to the store for their groceries and medications, even in the cold weather. A donated scarf or a hat is not just heart-warming, but provides real warmth all winter long.”

GROWS and HOC make it easy for organizations such as businesses, scout, school or church groups to participate in the Scarves for Seniors Drive. “If a group is looking for a simple way to make a big difference this holiday season, donating to the Scarves for Seniors Drive is the way to go,” says Phyllis Elperin, Executive Director of GROWS. “We make it easy to do by providing personal assistance, instructions, flyers, and labels for anyone interested in conducting a drive. Contributing groups and individuals can feel good about donating to a population””frail, isolated seniors””that is often overlooked during this time of year.”

Individuals interested in donating, can bring gift wrapped items, clearly labeled on the outside (indicating if the items or for a man, woman or unisex) to one of six convenient drop off locations throughout the county. Call GROWS at 301-765-3325 or visit for locations. Organizations who would like to conduct a drive should call John Vass at 301-929-5625 or email him at [email protected].

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