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Give a Senior the Gift of a Lift to Church

By Debbie Humphrey

Religion is a subject that stirs controversy in many these days, but that is not typically the case among the elderly. Over the decades, elder generations have spent practically every Saturday evening or Sunday morning in Sunday school classes and worship services, regardless of their denomination or religious affiliation.

They have done this, traditionally, for as long as they have been able to do so. Unfortunately, senior transportation needs arise due to health concerns, slower reaction times, and visual and/or hearing impairment, making it impossible for them to drive themselves to church as they have been so accustomed throughout the decades. The elimination of this vital weekly ritual of going to church, where they congregate with family, friends and loved ones for a mutually-beneficial, spiritual experience, can certainly lead to a sedentary lifestyle, a negative attitude, and depression.

To Christians, Easter and Christmas are the two most celebrated holidays on the calendar. It’s hard to determine which is most prevalent. However, according to the Rev. Billy Graham’s website, “Without Christmas, there would be no Easter.”*

This holiday season, please remember elderly family members, friends, and neighbors with senior transportation needs, and kindly offer them a lift to their church, or that of your family, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This one gesture may very well be the most important gift you give this entire holiday season!

Christians the world over believe the reason for the season, is as important today, if not more so, than it ever has been. If you or someone you love has senior transportation needs and you are not in a position to help, contact the compassionate caregivers at Home Helpers, and they will make sure your special senior someone’s Christmas is a very merry one! 727-942-2539