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‘Be a Star’ will benefit elderly and disabled

December 2, 2011

With so many worthwhile causes trying to make the holiday season happy for people from all walks of life, Adult Protective Services is hoping area gift-givers will look to a slightly different demographic at Christmas.

Part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Adult Protective Services began the "Be a Star" program this week, collecting Christmas gifts for the area's elderly and disabled.

"A lot of people don't realize it, but the elderly and disabled population is the fastest growing in the state," said Jodi Sobotka, community initiatives specialist for APS. "According to the last census, people 65 and older make up 12.4 percent of the population. People between the ages of 21 and 64 with disabilities make up 15.1 percent of the population, and both of these demographics are the fastest growing in the nation."

For more information on the program, contact Sobotka at (325) 795-5623.

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