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Seniors Spending Thanksgiving Alone Receive Individually Selected, Hand-Crafted Gifts

Dignity Health Helping Hands Program delivers Gratitude Bags to Henderson Seniors

LAS VEGAS, November 23, 2020 – Nearly 100 Henderson Seniors who live alone are enjoying a happier Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of the Dignity Health Helping Hands program and its supporters.

Throughout the year nearly 500 Henderson Seniors benefit from the services of the Helping Hands of Henderson, utilizing the program’s Senior Ride and Senior Nutrition programs. But this time of year the program wanted to do something special for a group of about of their 100 senior clients who are living alone and spending the holidays by themselves.

With the help of donors and sponsors they created more than 100 Gratitude Bags, which are being delivered to homes and apartments between now and the holiday.

Among the items contained in each Gratitude Bag:

  • A 2021 Helping Hands calendar to help schedule medical appointment rides and food deliveries
  • A Gratitude Journal with writing exercises, games and puzzles
  • A paperback book to keep read and share while COVID restrictions make getting to the local library less convenient
  • A hand-knitted blanket or shawl to help keep them warm. Each item was crafted and donated by members of the Dignity Health Wellness Center Knitting Group
  • An angel selected especially for them. Helping Hands staff selected a unique angel to match the personality of each Senior from a recently donated collection of 100 different angels

“We are so happy this has been such a success. These are very special people who mean a great deal to us,” said Jane Camburn, Helping Hands Program Supervisor. “Our Helping Hands team gets to know our clients pretty well as we take them to medical appointments and deliver food baskets. During this unusual year of COVID our team has been particularly concerned for this wonderful group of seniors who live alone. Because they are all in the at-risk age group for the virus they will be quarantining over Thanksgiving without friends or family. We wanted not only to deliver them some special gifts, but to visit them in their homes to check on their well-being.”

The Helping Hands of Henderson program is operated by Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican and is celebrating its 25th year of helping local seniors. Operating from the Wellness Center at the St. Rose Dominican Rose de Lima Campus, the Helping Hands program helps Henderson seniors with transportation, groceries, and other tasks that help them remain in their homes, living independent lives.


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at Dignity Health was recently recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020, as one of the top ten best employers in Nevada.


Publish date: 

Monday, November 23, 2020

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