Opal’s Delivered 5,900 Gift Bags with over 75,000 individual gifts to Seniors in 70 facilities across Kentucky & Indiana!
Without these gift bags, many of our seniors would receive nothing at all for Christmas.
In 2018, each bag had either 10 or 14 items (depending on gender). We spend the same amount on each bag, with women receiving items such as jewelry and scarves, while men were gifted items such as hats and wallets (some unisex items, like a box of tissues - which is always a hit - are included in all bags).
Early in the morning on Black Friday we assembled our army of volunteers at Eby-Brown in Shepherdsville, and loaded up dozens of vehicles with gifts. Those 75,000 individual gifts had been sorted into lots for 70 facilities over a period of months - purchasing and sorting the items begins in January each year. With the help of our volunteers, we brought joy to 5,900 seniors across Kentucky & Indiana. Special thanks to Founder & Chairman Jerry Stith - who personally oversees purchasing and sorting, to Paul Lodics and Eby-Brown for allowing us to use several thousand square feet of warehouse space, to the activities and social service directors without whom this would not be possible, and to our generous donors for their financial support.