Shoeboxes for Seniors is a great way to share Christmas spirit with a senior citizen who may not have any visitors or presents this Christmas. This simple little box makes a huge impact on a senior. KTDY, The Blake Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, and Cajun Area Agency On Aging are collecting shoeboxes filled with items useful to seniors in the Acadiana area to help aging citizens get a special treat this holiday. But we can't do it without your help. This morning, Kim St.Blanc with The Blake and Lynda Southard with Cajun Area Agency on Aging joined Jaycee and me to give us all the details.

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You can use a shoebox, or you can pick up a plastic box that is the same size as a regular shoebox. Fill the box with some of the recommended items listed below. There are restrictions as to what can be given to residents at a nursing home. So, today I am sharing a list of nursing home care package ideas, so you are ready to help, if you feel inclined to do so. Each filled box should only cost around $10 with items found at a dollar store. Please remember not to wrap your boxes as they do have to check the boxes before they are delivered. It is encouraged to decorate it, but please do not wrap the box. If you make one specifically for a man or a woman, just indicate the gender on the outside of the box. It's really nice to add a personalized note or a Christmas card in the box. It makes it even more special. This would be a great idea to get the children involved with Thanksgiving Day.

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Drop off your shoeboxes today through December 20th at The Blake, 400 Polly Lane, off Kaliste Saloom, and at KTDY, 1749 Bertrand Dr. Huge thanks to The Blake Assisted Living and Memory Care Community for partnering with us, and for being a drop-off location!

Recommended items:
wipes
fragrant lotions and soaps
chapstick
puzzle books
coloring books with colors
socks with grippers
scarves
Deck of cards
Games like UNO
Dominos
stationary and post-it notes
pens
magazines
large print books
throw blankets
"Activity things"

Please do NOT include the following:
Gift Cards
Aerosol cans
Glass items
Razors, Blades
Plastic trash cans or hampers
Scissors, knives
Egg crate mattresses
Plant food
Cleaning supplies
Excess papers
Furnishings
Electrical appliances
Hot water bottles
Ice packs
Extension cords or multiple plugs
Room deodorizers
Smoking materials
candles
food
**Basic hygiene items are already provided for residents**