On Saturday, December 14, 2013 the Fort Myers Police Department and other City of Fort Myers employees hope to make some wishes come true this holiday season. Adopt-A-Senior is an annual tradition in its 17th year. The program honors our City’s seniors with a Christmas gift, live entertainment and a holiday meal sure to please. Over 200 seniors from public housing facilities Renaissance Preserve and Southward Village will be receiving gifts this year.
Here’s how it works; Police and City employees that sign-up for the program are paired with a senior and given a wish list. The employee then buys their senior a gift from their list. “It is heartwarming to see the joy and interaction between our seniors and officers. This event is a valued tradition at the police department,” said Lieutenant Jay Rodriguez.
The shopping and wrapping has been done and the gift-giving will take place at the Riverside Community Center located at 3061 East Riverside Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities include a traditional holiday meal, Officer Dallas Smart as Santa and St. Petersburg’s “No Slack” singing Motown holiday classics.
*Members of the media are welcome to share in the good tidings.
A special thanks to the organizations the helped make the Adopt-A-Senior event happen: City of Fort Myers, FMFD, The Housing Authority (HACFM), American Red Cross, American Legion Post 38, Right at Home, Publix, BJ’s, GFS Foods, Pepsi Cola, Target, 21st Century Oncology and Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center of Cape Coral.
For more information on the event please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Gretchen Lorenzo at (239) 321-7753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.