Each year, Immersion Active’s client Home Instead Senior Care sponsors Be A Santa to a Senior, a gift donation program to spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially challenged seniors. The seniors’ gift requests typically include things like clothing, toiletry items, books or music, or favorite foods. This year, a local senior named Ed has requested a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on his behalf. Immersion Active has volunteered to help fulfill this special wish.
About Ed’s Wish
Ed is a resident at a low-income housing community for seniors in Frederick County, Maryland. As a young boy, about 8 years old, Ed would go with his mother to visit an aunt who was suffering and died from cancer. Images of his aunt deteriorating were seared into Ed’s memory. He struggled to understand why God would allow people like his aunt to suffer in the ways he had witnessed.
After seeing entertainer Danny Thomas’ marathon fundraiser on TV supporting St. Jude, Ed found a way that he could “…help ease the suffering of innocent children…” He started donating what he could afford every month. For every donation made, Ed received a picture of a child who would benefit from his contribution. He has saved every picture he has received and displays them on the walls of his home. These pictures have inspired Ed and have given him the strength to overcome his own life struggles.
In the spirit of giving and with our sincerest gratitude for all those who are on this journey with us to help older adults live quality, fulfilled lives, Immersion Active will be making a donation to several charities in honor of the relationships we hold dear, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Be a Santa to a Senior program in honor of Ed’s wish.
We hope that Ed’s selfless request will inspire others during this holiday season.
If you would like to make a donation and become a “Santa” to Ed:
- Log on to www.stjude.org and click “Donate Now.”
- Check the “Dedicate my donation” box and fill out the form.
- On the next screen, dedicate your donation in honor of “Ed S.”
- To protect Ed’s privacy, we ask that you please send the donation card to Immersion Active’s address, listed below. We will collect all of the donation cards and ensure Ed receives them.
Immersion Active, 44 North Market St., 3rd Floor, Frederick, MD 21701
Thank you for helping us make this holiday season extra special for Ed!