The Pennyrile Area Development District is seeking individuals to help fulfill the Christmas wishes for residents of Better Senior Living and other personal care homes in the region.

“These residents are kind of set aside by society, and they may not have friends or family that remember them at Christmas,” observed Cindy Tabor, the district’s long-term care ombudsman who each year coordinates the agency’s Forgotten Angels Project.

Tabor noted that the residents of personal care homes are usually younger than nursing home residents and sometimes suffer with mental illness rather than physical limitations.

“We focus on this group of residents because they seem to be most forgotten by friends, family and society,” Tabor explained in a letter written to the sponsors of the project.

Supporters of the annual project are asked to drop by the PADD office at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville and take an angel off the tree that for safety precautions has been placed in the outer lobby of the office.

Individuals may also call or email the PADD office to have an angel sent to them.

Each angel includes a wish of a $25 value or less from a personal care home resident.

Additionally, donors may provide stocking stuffers such as board games, playing cards, gloves, scarves, throws and snacks including raisins, trail mix, pretzels, popcorn and sodas.

“Many people load a large Christmas bag of these extra goodies along with the personal wish requested and return it to the PADD office,” Tabor noted of the stocking stuffers.

After a year and a half that Tabor described as unforgettable, she said it’s time to get back to joy, and Tabor finds joy in the giving.

Each year Forgotten Angels fulfills Christmas wishes for residents at seven personal care homes in the Pennyrile region, including two facilities each in Hopkinsville and Madisonville, one in Princeton and another in Central City, in addition to Better Senior Living in Cadiz.

Tabor said the Cadiz facility has 40 residents who will benefit from the project this year, among a total 400 in all seven facilities who will receive gifts through Forgotten Angels.

She said individuals participating in this year’s project should return items to the PADD office by Dec. 15. Anyone who can’t drop off the items may call Tabor at 370-886-9484 or email her at cindy.tabor@ky.gov.

The gifts should be unwrapped.

Donations may also be monetary.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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