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February 19. 2013 4:00PM
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Community members of all ages have the opportunity together this Christmas season to make a positive difference in the lives of more than 3,000 people in Lackawanna County.

Serving Seniors, Inc. is seeking volunteers (individuals and groups) to write and send or hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to local nursing home and assisted living center residents. The project, titled Operation Friendship, is in its 29th year.

The main purpose of the program, according to a press release, is to bring holiday cheer and greetings to residents...who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season.

Serving Seniors, according to Mary Anne Maloney-Evans, who started Operation Friendship in 1983, is a nonprofit organization which exists to improve the quality of life and care of older adults who reside in the community as well as long term care facilities. It is funded by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and is a partner agency with The United Way of Lackawanna County.

Evans said last year over 150 volunteers delivered more than 3,000 cards, and the organization hopes for the same or a greater amount this year.

She said the project is important because it brings the community into these long term care facilities and to the residents. She added it also increases the residents' self-esteem, because it shows each individual that someone cares about them.

She pointed out the program is unique in that it spans many generations, bringing them together to learn from each other.

Those interested in joining the project should call Serving Seniors at 570.344.3931 and ask for Lisa Torch.

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