4/17/2017, 3:12 p.m. | Updated on 4/17/2017, 3:12 p.m.


April 10, 2017--CHICAGO. What’s better than an Easter basket filled with treats to remind Chicago’s lonely and isolated seniors they are not forgotten? A home-delivered meal and visit from a friendly volunteer. On Easter Sunday, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly’s volunteers and staff will bring all three to elders who are homebound or living in nursing homes.

“At Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, we know that elders who are aging alone in our community can feel even more alone on the holidays,” said CEO Simone Mitchell-Peterson. “Thanks to our volunteers, our elders are part of the holiday. They enjoy flowers and a meal for Easter. And most of all, they spend time with a friend.”

Each senior will receive a bag decorated by Chicago students and filled with sweet treats—candy, a slice of cheesecake, a champagne flute and sparkling cider for an Easter toast and a pot of daffodils or tulips to celebrate spring.

LBFE volunteers will also deliver a delicious Easter dinner to homebound elders. Beef brisket, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes and rolls are on the festive menu.

The food, treats and flowers all make for a bright Easter, but spending time with a Little Brothers’ volunteer is the best part of the celebration for our elders. For seniors who can’t or don’t get out on their own and are aging without the support of family or friends, greeting the warm face of a volunteer and sharing a friendly chat truly makes the day memorable and special.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a national network of nonprofit, volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. All services are free and open to seniors over the age of 70, regardless of income. Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter provides a variety of programs, clubs, events, and services to connect the city’s isolated and lonely elders with the community and each other.

Little Brothers’ building, located at 355 N. Ashland Ave., is a gathering space for weekly Coffee Club or monthly Creative Café and other celebrations. Little Brothers’ trained and dedicated volunteers meet elders in their homes to share in all the activities friends do and accompany elders on outings to lunch and the city’s attractions. The organization began in Chicago in 1959 and serves approximately 1,200 elders throughout the city. To learn more, visit littlebrotherschicago.org or call 312.455.1000.