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Donation drive benefiting area nursing home residents underway

McAlester News-Capital - 11/17/2023

Nov. 17—A local business and woman are seeking donations to help fund gift bags for seniors living in local nursing homes through a donation drive running now through December.

"Our goal is to make sure every nursing home resident gets a Christmas gift," Stacey Harvey said. "We're going to do as many as possible."

Harvey, who works for Compassion Home Health, has partnered with her employer for the project and is her seventh year doing a Christmas drive for area residents.

She said her goal includes all nursing home residents in the McAlester area.

Harvey told the News-Capital in previous interviews she began collecting toys and other items for children in foster care seven years ago before seeing the need to collect items for those living in area nursing home.

"I did a drive for the foster kids for the first four years and there were so many people doing drives for the kids, and nobody was doing anything for the nursing home residents, so I thought 'I would like to give to someone who doesn't get anything,'" Harvey said in 2022.

The drive is requesting donations of throw blankets, socks, shampoo, body wash, lotion, crossword puzzles, and other activities for those living in nursing homes can enjoy.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 at Compassion Home Health located at 202 East Choctaw in McAlester.

Those who want to donate cash, schedule a pickup, or receive more information about the donation drive can contact James at 918-424-6738.


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