ACCESS Inc. seeks holiday gift boxes for seniors, shut-ins

ACCESS Inc. is accepting gift boxes for seniors and shut-ins who might otherwise go without a holiday gift.

The Senior Shoebox Project will accept filled gift boxes until Friday, Dec. 3. Volunteers also are needed to deliver the gift boxes during the week of Dec. 10 to clients who have been assisted in the past year.

Each box must have the box and lid pre-wrapped separately so that ACCESS staff can include an insert for the recipient.

Individuals who receive gift boxes are chosen from ACCESS's list of clients from throughout the year. In 2009, the shoebox program reached 300 individuals, down from 640 in 2008, based on how many boxes were donated.

"For our clients who have no one else, the holidays can be a time of loneliness" said Barbara Bieg, the agency's senior/disabled outreach supervisor, in a press release. "But when they receive a special gift box personally delivered, it means a lot to them and adds a little joy during the holidays,.

To donate a gift box, contact Bieg 541-774-4324 or bb@access-inc.org. Donors also can visit the ACCESS website at www.access-inc.org and check Outreach Services for suggested items to fill the shoebox.

ACCESS Inc. currently serves Jackson County residents through 15 programs designed to address one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.


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