Things We Need

Items Needed For OA101 Care Packages

Below is a list of items that we include in our senior care packages. With such a great need in the senior community, there are many everyday items that we take for granted that can be donated to our senior clients. We have a compiled a list of ten of the most useful items that we love to give to seniors and they love to receive them. If you would like to donate any items to our Senior Care Package Program, please contact us at 708.328.8696 or email us at openarmz101@gmail.com and let us know that you want to donate or volunteer for any of our upcoming giveaway events.


1. Blankets, Throws, or Shawls

Seniors can become dangerously cold because they have less fat/adipose tissue due to aging, slower circulation, and a much slower metabolism. A senior can even become hypothermic while indoors. Receiving a blanket or shawl/throw can warm the body and the heart and bring a smile to the face of a senior.


2. Soaps and Lotions

Be mindful of possible allergies when you are donating. It is best to donate soaps and lotions that are gentle and not loaded with heavy perfumes.


3. Disposable Undergarments

Recent statistics from the National Council on Aging suggest, “25 million or more Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure—living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $29,425 per year for a single person.” Purchasing basic items like disposable undergarments may be a hardship. Many seniors can become mildly incontinent and have a need for these types of products, also called adult diapers.


4. Diabetic Socks

1 in 4 seniors aged 65 or older have type 2 diabetes. Slip-resistant diabetic socks can keep the feet dry, decrease the risk of foot injury, and help with circulation.


5. Large Print Books

With nearly 1 in 3 seniors experiencing a vision-reducing health issue, such as cataracts or glaucoma, large print books can help seniors enjoy popular best sellers of virtually every genre.


6. Games and Puzzles

Give a gift that can keep the mind active and provide hours of fun. Seniors love puzzles and puzzle books like Sudoku, crossword, and word search.


7. Towels

A set of comfortable towels may be a perfect touch of home or a kind luxury often overlooked for a senior in need.


8. Denture Adhesive, Cleanser, or Holders

According to the dental experts featured in the Journal of International Oral Health, loose painful teeth or ill-fitting dentures may result in a reduced desire or ability to eat contributing to poor eating habits. For seniors with health problems who are living on a fixed income, basics like these are a big need.


9. Senior Friendly Manicure Kits

Many older adults have nails that are hard to cut or reach. Donating a nail kit that works well for clipping for thick toenails, or is easy to use with hands that may not exert a strong grip can be particularly useful.


10. Fresh Fruit, Snacks, or Non-Perishable Food Items

Fresh fruit, snacks, and non-perishable food items can also help seniors who may not be able to afford food items such as these.