Over twenty years ago, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21st National Senior Citizens Day. It is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude for what seniors have achieved in their lives and their contributions to our communities.
It is a day to:
- Spend time with seniors
- Show our appreciation
- Volunteer to help the elderly
There are many things your Kids Care Club can do to show your appreciation of seniors.
National Senior Citizens Day Summer Visit
Spending time with seniors, showing interest in their lives or their hobbies, is a great act of kindness. Visit a senior center, assisted living facility, retirement home or nursing home. Bring fresh flowers and/or vegetables from your summer garden. Make a nice card or draw a picture showing your appreciation of them. Do the same for an elderly neighbor or relatives.
Click on Visit with Seniors to learn how to make “Conversation Starts Placemat" to take with you when you visit. These placemats can also be distributed through your local Meals on Wheels.
Click on the following projects for more ideas on spending time, showing appreciation or volunteering to help seniors.
Your Club can play Bingo any time of the year with seniors. They love the interaction and it is fun!
Black Out Boxes
Do you have an elderly neighbor who could use an emergency Kids Care Clubs Blackout – Box if the lights go out? Your club can assemble a Blackout Box containing useful items if the power goes out.
Connecting Generations Have a Heart, Lend a Hand Project
As we get older, it is more difficult to keep the house and yard in order. Your club can make a difference by performing chores for an elderly person.
Kids Care GOOD-Eat BAGS, designed for families living in homeless shelters, provide a healthy snack.. GOOD-Eat Bags can also be made for seniors or veterans.
Visit Our Veterans
Many veterans are senior citizens and would love a visit from your club. Make a Kids Care Club Patriotic Placemat and bring the veterans a special GOOD-Eat Bag.
As President Ronald Reagan noted, there are many ways your club can "observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim August 21, 1988, as National Senior Citizens Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Click here to read President Reagan’s Proclamation.