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Age Exchange children, volunteers enjoy treats

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM

The children from the area Age Exchange programs enjoyed some special holiday treats with their volunteers for the Christmas season.

The children created reindeer cupcakes and made Christmas ornaments for their parents, along with playing some holiday games, such as Christmas Jingo.

Santa came early for the Age Exchange children with gifts of blankets and toys provided by the employees of Midwest Industries in Willard.

"We are all so thankful for the kindness of everyone who goes out of their way to make Christmas a joyful time for our children. The community, the schools and the dedicated senior volunteers all work hard to make this program special for the children," said Pam Schaffer, coordinator for the Age Exchange program.

Students from several schools in Huron County meet weekly with senior citizen volunteers to give the children a senior role model that might be missing in their lives.

"This is a very rewarding experience for the children as well as the volunteers," Schaffer said. "Age Exchange gives much needed help to children who need a little extra adult attention to reach their full potential. The children and the senior volunteers share a very special bond, similar to grandparents and grandchildren."

Age Exchange is made possible by a grant from the Huron County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, and is administered through Senior Enrichment Services.

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