Candy Grams from local organization brighten Valentine's Day

HandsOn Texarkana Executive Director Amy Lemley and Program Coordinator Tera Savage gives client Rufus "Lee" Bustle his Candy Gram for Valentine's Day.   (staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)
HandsOn Texarkana Executive Director Amy Lemley and Program Coordinator Tera Savage gives client Rufus "Lee" Bustle his Candy Gram for Valentine's Day. (staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)

HandsOn Texarkana brightened the day of some local senior adults by delivering Candy Grams for Valentine's Day.

Volunteers at the homegrown nonprofit made the Candy Grams ,with each gift having a soda, a bag of chips and Valentine-themed candy.

"Our seniors love to get special treats," said Executive Director Amy Lemley. Lemley said many seniors in the community don't have a lot of family or visitors and treats are a fun surprise.

Lemley said the $5 donation for each Candy Gram makes a large impact for the organization and its clients.

"Doing this fundraiser can really make the other essential items that we need to buy for them go a long way," Lemley said. "There's a lot of elderly people that do not have transportation that need our services and we want to get the word out.

Lemley said while this is the first year for the Candy Gram fundraiser, she hopes to continue giving small gifts to clients throughout the year.

"Most of them live alone. So every few months we want to take them something special that's seasonal and just tells them that we care, that we love them," Lemley said.

Lemley said the clients know the donations come from the community and that it means a lot to them, as it means there are people out there caring for them.

To learn more about HandsOn Texarkana, contact the organization at 903-798-3211.

  photo  HandsOn Texarkana Executive Director Amy Lemley gives client Rufus "Lee" Bustle his Candy Gram for Valentine's Day. (staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)
 
 

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