STAR Center shares Christmas Cheer with clients

JACKSON, Tenn.,– The Star Center shared Christmas cheer with more than 70 of it’s in home clients Friday.

“We put together gift baskets to try and remember the people that are out in the community,” Darryl McGuire, Director of Home Care for the Star Center said.

The bright red bags were filled with several items like candy canes, shampoo and calendars.

Staff said the goody bags could come in handy all year long, “If we can give them some things they use on a regular basis then they don’t have to pay for it out of pocket,” McGuire said.

Each bag is hand delivered. Our cameras were there as Dennie Price opens his bag Friday.

Price is in his late 50’s and is disabled after having several strokes. He’s been partnered up with a caretaker through the Star Center for about a year.

“He’s pretty spiffy,” Emmita Rayner, the Star Center’s clinical director said.

Rayner said she enjoys seeing the bond between care takers and clients,” they get everything but mainly companionship,” she said.

Staff said they hope this day of giving reminds others to look out for those who may be forgotten during the holidays.

“Don’t forget about the people that are your neighbors and just might need you to stop in and say hello,” McGuire said.

All items in the gift bags were donated by staff at the Star Center or purchased through donations made from the Soul Quest Church congregation.

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