Gastonia, N.C. – During the season of giving, United Way of Gaston County is reminding members of the Gaston County community to consider making a difference by supporting an aging adult in need.

This holiday season, the United Way is accepting Senior Christmas Wish applications for local senior citizens. The program allows senior citizens, ages sixty (60) and above, to submit a request for a want, need, or read. Over the last several years, the requests have ranged from a blanket to everyday toiletries and pantry items.

“It is during the holiday season that people often reflect on the items they do not have”, Andrea Stephens, United Way President said. “The United Way’s mission to unite our community to help and care for one another is evident through the Senior Christmas Wish program”. Stephens continued, “it is through community support and the organization of the United Way staff and volunteers that we seek to bring joy to the lives of senior citizens in the most need.”

Senior citizens who would like to request a gift, please contact the United Way office at 704.864.4554. The application can also be found on the United Way of Gaston County’s website, https://www.unitedwaygaston.org.

“No matter how you choose to give, showing support from your heart and being involved in a community that seeks to help and care for people in need is the path forward in strengthening a better community.”

Ways to support the 2022 United Way Senior Christmas Wish program:

  • Collect items (comforters, blankets, sheets, towels, books, etc) for senior citizens at your workplace from November 1 until November 30.
  • Volunteer at the United Way of Gaston County office to sort and package gifts.
  • Make a donation of any amount. Make funds payable to the United Way of Gaston County, indicate Senior Christmas Wish program, mail to 200 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28052.

For more information on Senior Christmas Wishes – please contact United Way Special Projects Coordinator, Rita Davis at 704.864.4554 ext 104.  Applications are available online or at the United Way office, 220 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia