Burley Couple Bring Holiday Joy to Assisted Living Residents

Van Helms, resident at Parke View Care & Rehabilitation Center, looks over the gifts he chose to give his loved ones through The Joy of Giving program.

LAURIE WELCH

BURLEY — A Christmas project designed by Del and Cindy Hansen in 2013 to bring a bit of Christmas magic to seniors at assisted-living homes needs gift donations.

“The Joy of Giving” provides items for the seniors to use as gifts to their loved ones, which are delivered with the help of about 100 music students from junior and senior high schools and from a class at White Pine Intermediate School.

The gift wrapping extravaganza will be held on Dec. 5 at Diamond Peak, 1702 Almo Ave., Dec. 7 at Park View Care and Rehabilitation Center, 2302 Park Ave., and Dec. 14 at Burley Care Center, 1729 Miller Ave.

The gift items will be displayed so the residents can shop at no charge and select several gifts to give this Christmas. The students push wheelchairs and help residents select, wrap and place nametags on the gifts. They also perform Christmas carols.

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Each year the project has received more than 1,500 donated gifts from many volunteers in the community.

Gift donation boxes are available at Ace Hardware in Burley and Rupert, Cal-Ranch, Farmers Corner, The Retreat, Illusions, Park View Assisted Living, White Pine Elementary, Burley Junior High, Burley High School, Zion Lutheran Church, The Presbyterian Church, Unity 2nd Ward. More info: Del Hansen at 208-670-1629 or Cindy Hansen at 208-670-4405.

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