ACCESS gears up for annual Shoebox Program

MEDFORD, Ore – ACCESS is gearing up for its annual Shoebox Program during the holidays. It’s been going on 30 years now.

“It’s providing gifts for people that may not get one and it brings so much joy to others,” Kellie Battaglia, Director of Development, said.

They collect wrapped shoe boxes and gifts for seniors with disabilities or those who are home-bound. Boxes include the basics: pill boxes, gloves, brushes, and more. They ask that the lid and box be wrapped separately, so they can include a holiday note.

“We had one of our recipients tell us that it was the best gift she’d ever received in her 92 years,” Battaglia said.

Last year they collected about 1,500 boxes. This year, their goal is 2,000. They are accepting donations now until Dec. 10.

Find out more at their website: https://www.accesshelps.org/welcome-to-access/senior-and-disabled-outreach/senior-shoebox-project/

Anna Weeks is the anchor of NBC5 News at 5 and 11 and Your Place @7 with Anna Weeks. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Originally from the Portland area, Anna loves exploring Southern Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and watching sports.
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