LifeStream’s AngelWish program delivers holiday gift packages to isolated seniors in Fayette County who are alone during the holiday. LifeStream expects to brighten the holiday for 150 seniors in Fayette County. This was made possible due to the support LifeStream received from the Fayette County Foundation and other generous organizations in the community.
AngelWish is LifeStream’s annual campaign to make the holidays brighter for isolated seniors who are alone during the holidays. The program coordinates doorstep delivery of packages of food, personal care items, and practical necessities for seniors in need. This program serves 12 counties in East Central Indiana, and is set to deliver 1,453 gift packages program wide throughout December and January. This is the first year the program has been offered in Fayette County.
Jenny Hamilton, LifeStream Interim President / CEO said of the program, “We are happy to be serving seniors in Fayette County. The response to AngelWish has been overwhelming.”
LifeStream was the recipient of the Tina and Ryan O’Neal Elder Care Endowment from the Fayette County Foundation, with all of the contributions going back to local seniors and businesses in Fayette County. This generous support enabled LifeStream to package personalized gift bags, as well as supply extra bags to the Fayette Senior Center as more requests come in for supplies throughout the winter season.
Katherine Good, Fayette County Foundation Program Officer, said, “The Foundation is happy to support LifeStream and their efforts to make sure that all our seniors have a very Merry Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make so many wonderful projects possible throughout the community. Funding for AngelWish was made part by the Tina & Ryan O’Neal Elderly Care Support Endowment, a designated fund that was a perfect match for this worthy project.”
The Fayette County Senior Center and Jenny Harrison were instrumental in gathering the names of seniors who needed help in the community, as well as assisting in packaging the gifts and then delivering them. If you or someone you know is in need of an AngelWish bag, you may call the senior center at 765-827-1511. Seniors can also enjoy a nutritious lunch at the senior center. To reserve your spot, please call 765-827-1511. If you are in need of transportation services, please call 765-825-1541.
Other organizations who donated their time, treasure, or both include A&D and Affordable Homecare, Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Yaryan Eye Care Center, and Best Home Care Services.
Laura Bray, LifeStream’s Volunteer Services Administrator and coordinator of the AngelWish program said of the partnerships, “It is remarkable to see a program that is brand new to the community be welcomed with open arms by major organizations in Fayette County. We simply couldn’t have done what we are doing if not for the support of the Foundation, the senior center, and others in the community. We at LifeStream are eager to touch as many lives as possible, and to work with our partners again next year to make it bigger and better.”
If you would still like to donate to the AngelWish program, please visit www.lifestreaminc.org or call 800-589-1121.
Special thank you to all of this year’s AngelWish sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all who supported AngelWish throughout Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.
Please visit the Fayette County Foundation website for more information on how the Foundation works to promote positive positive and sustainable change in Fayette County.