Dear Heloise: People frequently have trouble deciding what gifts to give to their elderly relatives. I would like to suggest that they take a look at bedding supplies, such as sheets, blankets and pillows.
One of my responsibilities as a volunteer for the Office of the Aging is to make up beds for these special people. I have had to struggle putting single bedding on double beds and vice versa. Besides being ill-fitted, the items are often worn and faded.
It could be a real boost to these more mature persons to be able to snuggle into some new, well-fitted sheets and blankets. Even a change in pattern and color could be a pleasant serendipity! - Alden Biely, Palmyra, Pa.
A good bit of advice from someone who knows. A pretty new set of sheets does lift the spirits a little. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: When packing boxes for shipping, use the cardboard cores from toilet paper to fill space. They’re sturdy but compress to fit small spaces. They’re easier to use than wads of paper and cheaper and environmentally safer than foam peanuts. Everybody has them. - C.E. Rochester, N.Y.
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