Theatre Victoria introduces stocking stuffer drive for senior citizens

Camille Doty

Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.

Theatre Victoria is partnering with the Victoria County Senior Citizens Association to fill the stockings of those in need.

This is the first year the theatre initiated the drive for senior citizens.

"This will help fulfill a wish," said Whitney Zangarine, the theatre's volunteer coordinator. The theatre will collect toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, batteries and other accessories until Friday.

Some St. Joseph's High School students will organize the goods on Monday.

Theatre General Manager Julie Zimmerman said she and other theatre employees thought about how they could make an impact on the community.

Zimmerman said she recalled how delighted her grandmother was when someone gave her a basket for the holidays.

"As soon as she received it, she cried," Zimmerman said. She also added that senior citizens are often forgotten this time of year.

Staff at the Senior Citizens Center said the elderly are too proud to ask for assistance, even if they need help.

"They've lived through World War II and the Great Depression. They make due," said Debbie Garner, the center's executive director.

Many senior citizens who have been out of work for some time are on a fixed income. But they still have some of the same bills and expenses as the working class.

Garner said the people's basic needs are shelter, clothes, food and love and the center tries to meet them.

The drive will help support about 300 people associated with the center. Close to 170 of them are homebound. People can also play bingo to win some extra items.



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