Student hopes to make Thanksgiving easier for senior citizens

Senior citizens at the White Rose Senior Center will be getting some help with groceries for Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a project being done by Kaitlyn Shelley, 23, a senior at Penn State York majoring in human development and family studies (HD FS).  Shelley is gathering turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal and will be distributing bags of groceries on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the White Rose Senior Center, located at 27 S. Broad Street, York.  She hopes to have groceries to fill 120 bags.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping people, it is rewarding,” said Shelley.  “As I grew older, I realized I specifically wanted to work with senior citizens. I decided to do this Thanksgiving Day Project because it is a time when many of us spend time with family and friend but a lot of senior citizens don’t have family to be with. I thought it was important to do something to make their day and give back to them.”

Shelley is doing the project at the senior center as part of an internship through the HD FS program under the guidance of faculty member JeanMarie St. Clair-Christman, assistant professor of human development and family studies. 

Donations are still needed, especially turkeys. To donate, contact Shelley at, or Christman at or 717-771-4161.

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Last Updated November 17, 2011