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Local non-profit creates "blessing bags" for senior citizens

Posted: 5:47 PM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 17:47:40-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The holidays can be a joyous time for some people, but for others, it can be a season of gloom. Especially, for the older generations in the Western New York community.

“Many of the elderly no longer have family, they no longer have friends, they have outlived all these people, so they’re really alone,” Bruce McCausland said.

And, in November, Michelle Johnson, founder of Buffalo Dream Weavers, learned about this isolation first hand. After breaking her leg, Johnson was admitted into the Schofield Nursing Home in North Tonawanda. There, she met many lonely elderly men and women.

“They told her how lonely they are, how bored they are and how they can’t afford a lot of things they need," Martje McCausland said.

“There was one women that she met, an older woman who didn’t even have a pair of sneakers to properly rehab. She didn’t have any shoes at all," Bruce adds.

So when Michelle got out of rehab, she decided to make a change. For the holiday season, Michelle and members of her organization, the Buffalo Dream weavers, are making the holidays a little more special. The Buffalo Dream Weavers are creating “blessing bags” for senior citizens of the Schofield Nursing Home. In each bag, there will be basic necessity items like lotions, lip balms, gloves and socks.

“We want them to realize that they’re not forgotten and there are people in the community that do care about them,' Martje said.

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