Home seeks slippers and socks for seniors

Donations are being accepted

Last year's haul of donated socks to the Mountain View Senior and Disable Housing is laid out on a table in this undated courtesy photo from Briana Heller, the home's services coordinator. Heller said the home is running a donation drive for socks and slippers as Christmas gifts for the home's 67 residents. (Courtesy photo / Briana Heller)

Mountain View Senior and Disability Housing is holding its 2nd annual sock and slipper donation drive for residents of the home. The home is seeking at a pair of slippers and socks for all of its 67 residents, said Briana Heller, the home’s service coordinator.

“The goal is just so everyone has a gift to open, and you can’t go wrong with a slipper or sock,” Heller said Thursday. “Last year, the drive was amazing. We had just enough in the right size for everyone. I’m hoping this will work out perfectly again this year.”

Donation bins are available and the Mendenhall Mall and at Sportsman’s Warehouse in the Nugget Mall, Heller said, and the home is asking for slippers in a range of sizes.

Mountain View is an independent living facility operated by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Heller said, and serves seniors who are not yet in need of assisted living services.

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“This is only our second year. Last year was really hard on everybody because it was locked down,” Heller said. “My guys are still staying pretty isolated but I really think socks and slippers are important, you know how the washer and dryer can eat a sock.”

Socks and slippers were fairly unisex, Heller said, though said she’d already received a donation of “fluffy pink women’s socks,” and that sizes weren’t as important.

In addition to the slippers and socks, Heller said Costco had donated a $100 gift card to help supply each resident with goody bags full of oranges, chocolates and nuts.

“Last year I had two 55-gallon trash bags full,” Heller said.

In addition to the donation bins, Heller said she could personally pick up donations from people’s homes, and they can drop donations off at the Mountain View home at 895 W. 12th Street St.in downtown Juneau. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 21.

Heller asked people to call her office before dropping donations off at her office in the Senior Center.

Heller can be reached Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at 907-586-1429 or by email at briana.heller@ccdjuneau.org.

• Contact reporter Peter Segall at psegall@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SegallJnuEmpire.

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