Angels sought for seniors

West Knox Senior Center in Farragut is hosting an Angel Tree to help local senior centers in need.

The center’s users can expect to see the Angel Tree in early November, WKSS coordinator Darrell Gooding said during the center’s open house on Oct. 25.

“We hope by Nov. 7, all the trees will be up in all the centers,” said Kate Sultan, a volunteer with Americorp Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.

“You can adopt a senior and get gifts for that senior who is in need,” Gooding said. “... You can always call the senior center or even stop in and check out the Angel Tree.

“Your assistance with that would be most appreciated,” he added. “Last year, because we were closed due to the pandemic, (the tree) went virtual, and you did a remarkable job.”

“There are so many things for kids ... but we forget the other end of life,” Sultan said. “There are an awful lot of seniors who have very little family, community support ...”

“We have over 100 seniors ... The things they ask for – it would break your heart: a sweater, a pair of pajamas, a pair of  slippers,” she added.

“We try to have four or five little stocking stuffers – jar of lotion or shampoo, some snack they would like; chips, cookies or (non-perishable) fruit.”

As for timing, “We ask for gifts to come in the last week of November or first week of December,” Sultan said.