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The Centre for Women Launches Graceful Holiday Basket Campaign for Seniors

TAMPA ­– This year more than any other, Tampa Bay’s senior citizens are facing the prospect of a lonely holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many elderly adults unable to connect with their families this year. So, The Centre for Women is launching, The Graceful Holiday Basket Campaign, making the season brighter for seniors.

“We decided to forego our usual Board holiday party and instead focus on helping seniors to have a merrier holiday season. We invite the community to join with us and make donations to fill the baskets or even donate an already prepared basket.” said Board President Lynne Daboll. “Our goal is to spread the holiday cheer and make the holidays a little brighter this year.”

Since 1981, The Centre’s Senior Home Improvement Program (SHIP) has helped low-income seniors with emergency home repairs and retrofits. Program Director Mike Provencher said there are so many seniors who could benefit from a little extra care this year. His crews will be delivering the baskets. The Centre’s Counseling & Wellness Program has made more than 375 reassurance calls to older adults during the pandemic. “We know what a difference it makes to seniors to hear a friendly voice and to know someone cares,” said Program Director Susan McIntyre.

The Centre for Women is seeking donations which include nonperishable food items, bathrobes, slippers, soaps, socks, battery-operated candles, books, magazines, crossword puzzles, games, holiday decorations and gift cards.

The deadline for donations is December 5. If you would like to make a donation, just drop your unwrapped donation off at The Centre for Women at 305 S. Hyde Park Ave. or contact Gena Burrage at 813-251-8450 or


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