Your Next Theme Is … Mak­ing Birthdays Spe­cial

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In 2016, DOROT is cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of al­le­vi­at­ing so­cial iso­la­tion among older adults. DOROT’s pro­grams help se­niors stay en­gaged in the com­mu­nity through weekly meal de­liv­er­ies, vol­un­teer home vis­its, travel as­sis­tance to med­i­cal ap­point­ments, and classes and sup­port groups.

DOROT’s greet­ing-card project brings joy and cel­e­bra­tion to iso­lated se­niors. Each month, DOROT mails over 250 birth­day cards de­signed and cre­ated by vol­un­teers. Often, this card is the only recog­ni­tion a se­nior re­ceives. Re­cip­i­ents fre­quently share how much the cards have bright­ened their lives. Here’s just one ex­am­ple:

“Many thanks to the vol­un­teer who cre­ated my birth­day card!!! I’m cur­rently ‘out of com­mis­sion’ with a nasty cold so I can’t cel­e­brate. This card (the only one I’ve re­ceived) is a fab­u­lous re­minder that my birth­day is some­thing spe­cial!!!”

For tips and guide­lines about cre­at­ing the per­fect birth­day card for an iso­lated older adult, please check out our web­site at www.doro­tusa. org/makeac­ard.

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