Christmas Ornament Project for Meals on Wheels

By Spectrum Generations | Nov 29, 2012

Spectrum Generations is reaching out to individuals and businesses in Kennebec and Somerset County to support its annual Meals on Wheels Christmas Ornament Project

Please help Spectrum Generations sprinkle a little joy this season and let our most vulnerable citizens know they have not been forgotten during the holidays. 

It’s a very simple project.  Spectrum Generations collaborates with volunteers at local schools and organizations to make hundreds of beautiful handcrafted ornaments.  Individuals and businesses can support this project by donating $4 per ornament to cover the cost of the hot delicious Meals on Wheels meal delivered with a ornament during the holidays.  $20 would cover the cost for a week of meals; $80 would support meals for one homebound senior for a full month. 

The ornaments are very much appreciated by the Meals on Wheels consumers, and often are kept on display throughout the year!  “One elderly lady comes to mind,” states Lynda Johnson, Nutrition Coordinator at the Cohen Center in Hallowell.  “She was very frail, after falling and breaking her hip, but always had a smile on her face and always had something nice to say each time she was delivered a meal.  After receiving the ornament last Christmas, she was very quiet and thoughtful, looking at me with tears in her eyes, and said, ‘Is this really for me?  Please thank the children that made me this ornament. I will treasure it forever.’ I found out later that this handmade ornament was the only gift she received that year.”

Approximately 1,700 homebound adults depended on Spectrum Generations to deliver as many as 200,000 Meals on Wheels to 128 towns across central Maine last year! If you would like to sprinkle some joy this holiday season by supporting the Meals on Wheels 2012 Christmas Ornament Project, send your donations to Spectrum Generations at PO Box 2589, Augusta, ME 04338.      

As an advocate and voice of homebound and disabled residents, Spectrum Generations thanks you for your support of this project and its many other efforts to bring services and resources to central Maine adults.  For more information, please Lynda Johnson at the Cohen Center in Hallowell at 207-626-7777; Angela Derosby at the Muskie Center in Waterville at 207-873-4745; or Beth Strickland at the Somerset Center in Skowhegan at 207-474-8552.  Happy Holidays!


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