On Christmas day families gather to open gifts and give thanks, but what if you didn't have anyone to say Merry Christmas to?
It’s something that many elderly experience in Omaha, but a local non-profit organization, Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly, is working to change that.
The group works to relieve the loneliness and isolation of those over the age of 60, especially during the holidays. Executive Director, Margaret Lageschulte says its about having a special bond.
“Its about creating friendships that they can express their feelings to and have an extended family that shares the holidays with them.”
On Christmas day members gathered at the Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church to prepare Christmas dinner and deliver it by hand. More than 40 volunteers delivered dinner along with goody bags to elderly in the area.
For some volunteers it was a new tradtion. The Hager family says they want to teach their two girls the importance of giving.
“We want to teach them about giving and that it's not just about presents,” says Sarah Hager.
“We wanted to show them at a young age its more than that.”
After the deliveries, more volunteers came together for a Christmas celebration.
83-year old Toni Hahn has been a volunteer and recipient and says she always looks forward to the party.
“To see my friends here and how happy they are to be out and have someone that cares about what they're doing today, its wonderful.”
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