December 3, 2021 | Monthly News & Updates
Osceola Council on Aging Christmas Shop
Serving over 500 disadvantaged children in Osceola County.
In this season of giving, we are in need of toy donations for our Christmas Shop. We are seeking donations of new and unwrapped toys for all ages, especially for those 12-17 years old. All toys will be distributed to children from our disadvantaged families in our Community Action Programs.

For donations, please contact Jacqueline Perez at or Belinda Olivera at
Osceola Council on Aging's Senior Santa
The Council estimates more than 4,000 seniors in Osceola County are in need of nutrition and companionship during the Holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching, and during this time the Council on Aging considers the needs of our cherished seniors. Are they safe, do they have enough food, will they be alone for the holidays? This year has been more challenging than we have faced in the last 49 years of providing services. COVID-19 has changed the way we live, provide services, and the funding needed to provide services. 
Many individuals and businesses such as yourself have stepped up to assist the Council on Aging during the pandemic. Unfortunately our work is not complete. Holidays can be a difficult time of year for those who live alone and have been isolated from family and friends, especially this year.
Since 1986 the Osceola Council on Aging has maintained one specific focus each holiday season: Making certain that no elderly person in our community spends the most joyous time of year alone. This year it is more important than ever to comfort our seniors and make sure they are cared for during the holidays. Our “Senior Santa” program provides the warmth, laughter and good nutrition vital to our seniors during the holidays.
Holiday Activities have been modified this year as we make every effort to keep our seniors safe. We hope that you (or your business) will consider adopting one or more Seniors in our Senior Santa program with a small contribution of $30. This year, your adopted senior will receive a special gift and a holiday dinner delivered by a caring community volunteer on Christmas Day.
Please join us in becoming a “Senior Santa” sponsor in making a difference in someone’s life today by completing and returning the enclosed response card with your donation or go to our website at

On behalf of all of our seniors, THANK YOU from the Osceola Council, on Aging for your generosity and support.
Osceola Council on Aging: Mercedes Car Raffle
Win A Car. Help Osceola Residents.

Wouldn’t this 2021 Mercedes GLA make an amazing family car? Buy a raffle ticket today and help the Osceola Council on Aging support our seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty. It all starts with a $25 donation.
Years ago getting donations was easy. Mail a bunch of people, and wait for the checks to arrive. Recently, with COVID19 we are finding it more difficult to attain donations to support our residents. Hosting this Mercedes car raffle will help replace the many fundraisers we were unable to host this year.

It’s a win-win!! The raffle will help subsidize needed donations, and one lucky donor gets a chance to WIN A CAR.

The odds of winning this Mercedes are better than winning the lottery. So why not give to a cause you believe in? If not interested in the Car Raffle you are welcome to just donate.

Here’s how it works:
  • There is no donation limit, so get as many raffle tickets as you want to enter to win – $25/ticket
  • Tickets are on sale now and will be sold until the drawing at Osceola County Council on Aging New Year's Eve on December 31st.

Osceola Council on Aging Testimonials:
"I want to thank everyone involved with not only our new flooring, but then to replace a broken exit door. It’s good knowing there are still wonderful people out there. God bless you and we will as we always do, pay it forward in one way or another.

-Rick Bednarz, Helping Homebound Heros Client

Our mission is to provide services to enable independence and self-sufficiency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty; and that's exactly what we do! If you have a testimonial and would like us to share it with the community, please feel free to submit them to We will be sharing client testimonials monthly on our website and Facebook page.
Platinum Seal of Transparency

Our organization earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency!
Now, everyone can see our strategy, metrics, and achievements.

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You may qualify for assistance if you have a past due TOHO or St. Cloud Utilities bill.

  • You have not received Utility assistance from the Osceola Council on Aging within two years from now.
  • Your Household is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level (see chart).

2021 Poverty Income Guidelines:
Family Size: Max Monthly Income:

1 Person - $2,147
2 Persons - $2,903
3 Persons - $3,660
4 Persons - $4,417
5 Persons - $5,173
6 Persons - $5,930
7 Persons - $6,687
8 Persons - $7,443


*Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at

Wednesday, December 1st- Executive Committee* 3:00 PM & Board of Directors* 3:30 P.M.
Thursday, December 16th - Finance Committee* 12:00 P.M.
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need.Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

Thank You!