Holiday Baskets for Seniors

As part of our commitment to serving those in the most need in our community, CGS annually organizes a food drive to fill holiday baskets with food and presents for low-income seniors who will be spending the holidays alone and have no friends or family in the area. Schools, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, churches and individuals come together to help those in the most need to get through what can be a tough and lonely season, while spreading joy to those most in need.

How can I thank you and your helpers for such generosity?  It was most kind of you to arrange such a treat to many seniors such as myself.  I am forever grateful. Zonita
The 2020 Holiday Baskets for Seniors project was a tremendous success! Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and staff we brought the holiday spirit to Colorado’s older adults! We recruited hundreds of individual volunteers and businesses to Adopt-A-Senior for the annual Colorado Gerontological Society Holiday Basket project.

Due to COVID-19 and the massive outpouring of support, the annual Holiday Basket Project expanded to deliver baskets to 500 people, more than doubling our previous efforts, as we believe that many people who would be spending the holidays with their families this year were isolated in their own homes.

To provide our volunteers and vulnerable older adults a meaningful experience, the Adopt-A-Senior Holiday Basket project was organized in a way to keep everyone safe.

The 2020 Holiday Baskets for Seniors project was more important than ever this year. Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and staff we brought food security, holiday cheer, and meaningful social connection to Colorado’s elderly! Join us again in 2021 for another year of Holiday Baskets!

2015 Holiday Baskets

Holiday Basket Support

The Colorado Gerontological Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the following groups and corporations since January 1, 2020.

DONORSPROJECT SUPPORT
Beta Sigma PhiHygiene Products 
Colorado RetinaFood Donations
Distinct Real EstateBlankets
Joint Senior CoalitionsCash Donation
OptumChickens
Patricia GreenerNecklaces
Hundreds of community volunteers and families

Testimonials From Those We Serve

Thank you for the $20 gift card for groceries for the holidays.  I always say “when a gift comes, it is always the right time”.  This gift card will really help out this month.  Thank you. Connie

Thank you for the food. . . you saved my life.  Paul

I want to thank you for your genuine kindness with all the wonderful food and gifts that were brought to me today.  Jesus Christ said “there is more happiness in giving than receiving” and you should be very happy with all the “giving” that you do each year.  Thank you for all your hard work in gathering everything as I eat my chicken meal.Jean

Thank you so much for the holiday basket gift.  The assortment/variety of food items is awesome and so very much appreciated.  Also, the soft, thro blanket is beautiful and something I will enjoy using relaxing in my recliner.  God bless you and all of your team of volunteers.  What an amazing group they are with all the time and effort they put into sharing joy with others.  Give each and every one of them my sincerest, grateful thanks.Ingrid

Dear Santa’s Helpers:  Your holiday basket was a high point for my “Covid Christmas”.  Thanks so much to the organizers and volunteers who made this possible.  I really appreciated your support, time and money.  May your programs continue to thrive in a better 2021. Linda

 Such a surprise with all the goodies and presents.  A Big Hug and a hug Thanks to you for being My Christmas Angel this year.  My heart is smiling and God Bless All.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.  Linda

Thank you so much for the useful holiday basket that was delivered Saturday.  All the items are so needed in our family.  Please thank the wonderful organizations and all the volunteers for opening up their hearts and giving of this time to this so needed project.  Bless You All! Lynn and Joy

Thank you so much for the wonderful Holiday Basket!  It was filled with so many wonderful items.  Please say thank you to the sisters for Xi Delta Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Sarah my delivery person. Mildred

Thank You!  For the delicious, nutritious food, yummies, treats, and other useful things. Especially heartwarming was being able to catch the person who carried the items (probably in multiple trips) upstairs to my front patio before she disappeared to thank her and affect a distant hug.  Thank you all so much!!! Lois

 I want to thank everyone for the beautiful basket that was delivered to my door yesterday.  I am truly grateful!  This is the first time I have ever received a Holiday Basket and this year was the perfect time.  I have had a couple medical issues this (hear surgery in June, then 3 weeks later a stroke) and it has been very difficult.  I am surviving alone except for a brother and sister-in-law who live in Minnesota.  I was so very happy with the variety of items included in the basket.  I want to thank all the donors, the people who the items together and also the couple who brought the basket to me.  This put me in the Holiday mood.  I even made my bed in Christmasy flannel sheets.  Debbie

I wonder if you have any idea of how very much I love and appreciate all the time you spend organizing putting together, collecting donations and delivering these wonderful gift bags.  Everything I love and need.  I haven’t had a tangerine or an apple for over 6 years, I think.  I will be 76 on December 29 and I am pretty disabled and deaf on one side due to a viral infection I got when I deployed as a volunteer for the State of Colorado Emergency Animal team during the Waldo Canyon fires.  The doctor thought I would get my hearing back, but it never happened, sadly.  It’s hard to believe that there are so many angels on this earth, but there are and that’s what all of you are. All my love and gratitude.  P.S. I was praying for stove top stuffing and bananas!  Yay! Kris and 3 Kittens

I want to thank you for all the goodies I received plus the extra that I am not able to afford.  What a big help that was!  God bless all of you and the volunteers that brought this bounty of love!  Thank You all!  God Blesses all of you. Shirley

 Just want to say “Thanks a million for the wonderful food, gifts, and everything in the holiday basket you gave me Saturday – it is all so very much appreciated.  You made my Christmas so very much better.  I love everything, appreciate everything, and love you all.  Thanks again for all you gave me – it will help me so very much.  Thank you very much – 3 sweet youing people” who delivered it all – God Bless you all.  I will have a great Christmas – thanks to all of you – who gave me so very much!  I can never thank you enough for all you did for me – God Bless You All for making my Christmas so special.  I’m just an old, lonely 77-year-old lady, who will always love you all for being so generous.  Orlane