Jan 10, 2020 7:00 PM

Boxes of Love: brightening the day for hundreds of senior citizens

Posted Jan 10, 2020 7:00 PM

Boxes of Love will once again be delivered to homebound seniors in Barton & Pawnee counties. This is the fourth year for this project, and is a collaboration of United Way of Central Kansas, ElderCare Home Services, Meals on Wheels, and RSVP/Volunteers in Action. Partnering together, these non-profits work to brighten the day and warm the hearts of hundreds of seniors throughout Central Kansas.

Each box is filled with items for these seniors, some of them just for fun as well as some practical items. Items range from stationary and cough drops to shampoo and conditioner.

Due to the size of the box and transportation of the packages, we do request that items be travel sized. Each box also gets topped off with homemade Valentine’s Day cards made by children at UWCK Community Partner’s Great Bend Children’s Learning Center and Caring Hands Daycare as well as other children throughout Barton and Pawnee counties.

The project is already off and running with donations from Midwest Energy, Thrivent Financial, and Dr. Chad Ohnmacht. Thanks to these generous donations we can ensure that each box will have chocolates, stamps, toothbrushes and a special gift from UWCK & Midwest Energy.

If you would like to make a donation to Box of Love to show love to a homebound senior this Valentine’s Day, you can drop off your donations at: Clara Barton Hospital, University of Kansas Health System-Pawnee Valley Campus, First Kansas Bank (Hoisington & Great Bend, Sunflower Bank (Ellinwood & Great Bend, Farmers Bank & Trust (Great Bend & Larned, and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Donations are being accepted from Jan. 9 - Feb. 6.

If you don’t have a chance to run to the store to make a donation, cash donations are accepted and will be used to purchase items for each box.

Please make checks payable to United Way of Central Kansas, 1125 Williams, Great Bend, KS 67530.