GUEST COLUMN:
Changes in Silver Key holiday efforts
By Lorri Orwig

       For more than 20 years, Silver Key Senior Services has been brightening the holidays for seniors in Colorado Springs by providing Thanksgiving meal ingredients in November and gifts in December. With generous donations from committed community volunteers, businesses and families, we have been able to meet the original goal of the project; to offer companionship to seniors during the holidays.
       As times change, and our clients change, we must change as well. This year, our 600 Nutrition Services clients will be able to pick up their Thanksgiving bags - apportioned from 6,700 pounds of food that people donated during the “Stuff the Bus” day at grocery stores in October - when they pick up their monthly allotment from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or the Silver Key pantry. This plan seems to be working well and the seniors are very pleased.
       On Dec. 10, we are inviting our clients to “come to our house for the holidays.” Silver Key will hold an open house, featuring music, food, companionship and a small gift, again keeping in mind our original premise for the project: companionship for our seniors.
       The invitations for this event will go out to all clients who have received a service from Silver Key within the past 12 months. Guests must RSVP in order to secure their space.
       Many people have made the Silver Key Holiday Project a part of their personal holiday tradition and we are so grateful for their loyalty. While the scope of the project has changed, we still need volunteers to sort gifts, take reservations, and do data entry.
       We also have volunteer opportunities throughout the year to provide companionship to our clients. For more information, Please contact Lisa Waltman, our volunteer coordinator, at 884-2319 or lwaltman@silverkey.org.
       If you have questions regarding the Holiday Project changes, please contact Lorri Orwig at 719 884-2313 or email lorwig@silverkey.org.

Orwig is Silver Key’s director of resource development.