A hundred local residents enjoyed a happier holiday thanks to a partnership between Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) and Agero, Inc.
Agero employees purchased holiday gifts for older adults and people with disabilities, as part of their annual Giving Tree program with MVES.
“The response we hear from residents is just fantastic. They’re thrilled to receive a gift selected especially for them,” said Jenny Vanasse, MVES Development Director. “At this time of year, it’s important that everyone feels part of the community, and we’re so thankful to Agero for helping us spread holiday cheer.”
Every year, case managers nominate a resident served by MVES who they felt would benefit from a certain item or simply receiving something special around the holidays. Since case managers know the residents well, they create a “wish list” of items the individual would like and use. It might be a favorite type of candy or a sweatshirt with their favorite sports team – each wish list is unique to that person. Employees of Agero then “adopt” and shop for these residents, collecting items on the list and fulfilling their holiday wishes.
Next, MVES care managers play Santa, delivering the beautifully-wrapped Agero gifts to residents throughout the MVES communities. The recipients are always excited to receive their special gifts.
Agero, a leader in the driver assistance industry, is based in Medford, just minutes from MVES’ Malden headquarters. In addition to collaborating on the Giving Tree since 2013, the company has supported many MVES programs since 2007.
(Left to right) Ashley Butler and Deborah Standke of Agero display the beautifully-wrapped presents at Agero, before Jenny Vanasse, MVES Development Director, and Jan Brodie, Development Specialist, transport the gifts to MVES for distribution.
Photo 2: Chhavan Pin Oeur, MVES care manager, poses with resident Chuck Ferrera after dropping off Chuck’s gift from Agero.
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