The Senior Christmas project was initiated by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, which partners with groups like Engel and Völkers.
BRYAN, Texas – Real estate firm Engel and Völkers have collected the names of seniors in the Brazos Valley who are in need of Christmas presents this holiday season.
The Senior Christmas project was started several years ago by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, which is partnering with groups like Engel and Völkers to raise awareness of the need for gifts for the homebound elderly. or living in a care facility.
Edward Allison with Engel and Völkers said they originally had 500 elderly people in need of Christmas presents. According to Allison, the group is now at 200 names and has called on the community to step up.
According to a brochure by Engel and Völkers, seven counties are affected, 23 nursing homes have participated, 275 gifts are for the homebound elderly and 995 gifts for the elderly in nursing homes. The best way to give back, Allison says, is to call their office, drop by in person, pick a name, and bring in any unwrapped gifts by Dec. 7.
Allison also said he feels older people are often overlooked while on vacation. The Engel and Völkers management broker also said some of those older people have requested more basic items like t-shirts, body lotion and even diet coke. According to Allison, he said some just assume these seniors have families to support themselves.
“I think we’re just assuming that the family is going to take care of them and so these are individuals who don’t have families or for some reason they’re alone and I think we just forget that,” Allison said. .
If you would like to donate, you can stop by Engel and Völkers before December 7th. They plan to deliver the gifts to the Brazos Valley Council of Governments on December 9.