Black Hills Advocate puts up elder angel tree

The tree is filled with Christmas gift ideas for elder orphans and other seniors in the community who don’t have any family around, or may not otherwise receive any gifts on Christmas.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Black Hills Advocate provides services to vulnerable adults in the areas of advocacy, guardianship, elder care planning and more.

Black Hills Advocate

Black Hills Advocate, 318 Mount Rushmore Road

They have put up an elder angel tree in the entrance to their business, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The tree is filled with Christmas gift ideas for elder orphans and other seniors in the community who don’t have any family around, or may not otherwise receive any gifts on Christmas.

Elder Angel Tree

Elder Angel Tree

Gift ideas include blankets, slippers or body care sets. The exchange is contactless, so it’s a great way to spread cheer while being safe.

“We are in homes all the time with elderly folks, and I can’t tell you how appreciative they are just to have a touch point, so our hope this holiday season is to get all of those elder orphans – or as many as we can – a Christmas present and show them that our community cares,” says Jenny Schmidt, Owner of Black Hills Advocate.

Elder Angel Tree

Other community partners include Scheels for donating gifts and Meals on Wheels to help distribute the gifts.

Schmidt says that the pandemic has been extra challenging for seniors who are considered some of the most vulnerable to the pandemic, in more ways than one.

Elder Angel Tree

Schmidt says, “One of the things that I think has been the largest impact during this pandemic is the pandemic of loneliness and the pandemic of depression, especially among our seniors, who don’t have all those tentacles out into the world that the rest of us might have. It’s really about…it’s about a Christmas present, but more than that, it’s about building a connection.”

The unwrapped gifts should be returned to Black Hills Advocate by Friday, December 11th so company can wrap and distribute the gifts.

Schmidt encourages people adopt an elderly person in their neighborhood by checking in on them regularly and helping them get what they need.

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