November 29, 2012

“Adopt-A-Senior Program Spreads Holiday Cheer”

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the Fort Myers Police Department and other City of Fort Myers employees hope to make some wishes come true this holiday season. Adopt-A-Senior is an annual tradition in its 13th year. The program honors our City’s seniors with a Christmas gift. 160 seniors from public housing facilities registered for the event.

Here’s how it works; Police and City employees that sign-up for the program are paired with a senior and given a wish list. The employee then buys their senior a gift from their list. “I am always impressed with our employees and their willingness to serve the community both professionally and personally,” said Chief Doug Baker. “It’s a wonderful event that shares the spirit of Christmas with people who might otherwise be alone this time of year.”

The shopping and wrapping has been done and the gift-giving will take place at the Riverside Community Center located at 3061 East Riverside Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities include a buffet-style lunch with Chief Baker and Santa as well as performers singing holiday classics.

*Members of the media are welcome to share in the good tidings.

A special thanks to the organizations the helped make the Adopt-A-Senior event happen: City of Fort Myers, The Housing Authority (HACFM), American Red Cross, American Legion, Right at Home, Alert Medical, Coca-Cola, Publix, Walmart, BJ’s, Two Meatballs in the Kitchen, Utopia’s Soul Food Café, The Oasis Restaurant, Bellacino’s, Horseman’s Landscape & Lawn Care and A Healing Touch 4 You Choir.

 Shelly Flynn
Public Information Officer