Dec. 23, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee women's basketball team took time out of its schedule this week to spread some holiday cheer. The Lady Vols participated in the Big Red Bow Project party at Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville.
The Lady Vols were guest volunteers along with staff from Alzheimer's Tennessee and B97.5's Jeff Jarnigan, who donned a purple Santa suit, as gifts were delivered to residents of Shannondale. The delivery was one of several conducted for individuals living in facilities in Knox, Blount, Anderson and Loudon counties Wednesday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 21.
Lexus of Knoxville collected suggested donations from an Alzheimer's Tennessee "Wish List" for individuals touched by Alzheimer's and dementia. From November through mid-December, the community responded in a big way. New, donated gifts like CDs/DVDs featuring older music/movies, blankets, scarves, books, craft items and more were dropped off at the dealership and put under the purple "Memory Tree".
The Lady Vols and members of the staff helped hand out some of those gifts and sang a few songs as well.
"It will warm all of our hearts in the most meaningful way to give the gift of joy to some of our most fragile loved ones," Alzheimer's Tennessee Executive Dir. Janice Wade-Whitehead said. "Nobody should have to face Alzheimer's or dementia alone, especially during the holidays."