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Giving Party delivers holiday spirit to Pierce County seniors

// Local Holiday program returns to make the Season bright for area seniors

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Everyone deserves to enjoy the warmth of the holiday season, and on Monday, Dec. 7, 34 Sumner seniors were able to do just that.

At the holiday “Giving Party,” senior residents at Sumner Commons, a low-income housing building in Sumner, were surprised with a Christmas card created by an area middle school and a gift card from Fred Meyer to use for essentials, such as groceries, clothing, household items or gasoline. These gifts – while small – helped to spread holiday cheer and brighten the lives of older adults that may not have family in the area or are on tight monthly budgets.

This program is part of a non-profit started by the local Home Instead Senior Care office called Aging With Excellence. Through Aging With Excellence, Home Instead employees contribute $1 (or more) per paycheck, which is then used to adopt a local senior housing facility for Christmas. At the end of the year, these small bimonthly donations collectively make a large impact for a senior community.

“There are so many seniors, right here in our area, who don’t have family nearby or financial means to celebrate the holidays,” said Lois Etienne, RN, CSA, owner of the local Home Instead office. “Through this program, we are able to show them that they are valuable members of our community and that people care.”

For 10 years, the local Home Instead office has adopted low-income senior housing facilities each Christmas to help seniors in need across Pierce and southern King Counties. In total, the office has provided a small gift and companionship to more than 450 area seniors.

“Surprising the seniors gave us the opportunity to see firsthand how much this program means to local seniors,” said Etienne. “It’s heartwarming to be able to give back to the community and spread cheer this holiday season.”

For more information about Home Instead, call (253) 943-1603 or visit