UCF College of Nursing is teaming up with Seniors First, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Central Florida’s elderly population, for a Holiday Shoebox Gift Drive. The holiday drive consists of filling shoeboxes full of items that will be delivered to need-based clients on Christmas Day in Orange and Seminole counties. These shoeboxes are for the frail and homebound elderly clients that otherwise may not receive a gift or be remembered during the holidays.

If you would like to contribute to this great cause, please drop off a wrapped shoebox filled with gender-specific items to the main nursing office in the Health & Public Affairs (HPA) building, room 220, or in the college’s graduate advisor office in HPA-2, room 310. Gift items can include personal care items, gift cards, puzzle books, calendars, note pads, dominoes, etc. The college is also accepting donations of empty shoe boxes with lids and holiday wrapping paper. The deadline to make an on-campus donation is November 30. This little box will go a long way to brighten a senior’s holiday.

Seniors First is an organization that enables seniors to remain living independently in their own homes by providing essential services and programs free of charge. They serve over 4,000 senior citizens in the Central Florida area who are poverty stricken with no family. The organization provides many helpful services such as meals on wheels (a program that delivers meals to those in need), financial planning, home improvement, in-home care, and necessary medical equipment.

For more information, contact Robert Stephens in the college’s graduate advisor office or Michelle Lowe at Seniors First.

By: Heather Robbins, communications intern