RSVP Senior Christmas

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For most of us, Christmas is a happy time of year. However, for some, it takes a helping hand to make the holidays bright.

RSVP is one local organization making Christmas even more special.

For seven years, these ladies have sorted, sacked and gift wrapped. They say every year, more packages fill this room

"Each year the need has grown," Shirley Jones with RSVP said.

This year RSVP volunteers made 150 home deliveries and 200 nursing home visits in the seven Brazos Valley counties the organization serves.

"We try to make a little wish come true," Jones said. "We can't make big wishes come true, but we try to make a little wish come true for the elderly."

And wishes really are granted.

"Well I'm surprised," one recipient said. "I feel wanted."

When the presents are ready, the car is loaded, and it's off to make those holiday wishes come true.

"They enjoy it, they love us, we love them," Larry Mendez with Meals on Wheels said. "If it wasn't for us some people won't receive meals and we're here to help them out."

RSVP serves seniors not only during the holidays, but year round.

"There are a lot of elderly people who do not get the nourishment and the needs they need right now here in Brazos County."

Thanks to volunteers those needs are being met.

"It's definitely a surprise," another recipient said. "The lady asked if there was anything we needed and I couldn't think of anything right then but surely I'll find something here I need."

For most, this holiday delivery is the only Christmas treat they'll get.

"It makes you feel great and makes the tears come," Jones said.

RSVP is part of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.
The organization needs volunteers year-round.
To donate your time, call 979-595-2800.