TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With seniors staying home due to COVID-19, isolation is an increasing concern.
"When they're sheltering in place or staying at home, you know that can increase the risk of social isolation," said Jocelyne Fliger, CEO, and President of Elder Care Services.
Taking away that isolation during the holidays is a need Elder Care Services Elder Elf program hopes to quell.
"The seniors submit wish lists, they include very humble askings like laundry detergent, socks, slippers, things like that," said Fliger.
To help seniors stay warm this winter, Elder Care has partnered with Red Eye Coffee with the Warm Your Heart Drive.
"When we have great fluctuations in temperature, whether it's too cold or too hot, maybe you and I would just adjust the thermostat, but if you're on a very limited budget that's not really an option for you," said Fliger.
In its first year, the partnership is providing seniors with everything they need to get through winter.
A need that Red Eye owner Barby Moro said she knew she wanted to help meet.
"We just didn't want anyone to be without," said Moro. "And so this was our way of stepping up and help care for the seniors in our community that might be in need."
If you would like to donate to the Warm Your Heart blanket drive, you can drop off donations at Red Eye Coffee.
You can also donate new or gently used heaters to Elder Care Services.
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