The VOICE of Giving

Santa to Seniors started by high school freshman

When Kennedy Jackson, a freshman at Bishop Moore, learned that many seniors in nursing homes or living alone rarely receive gifts during the holidays, she wanted to do something to bring Christmas cheer to some Orlando, Apopka and other Central Florida seniors. This motivated Kennedy to create a community service project for teens, called “Santa to Seniors”, to provide Christmas gifts and cards to nearly 50 seniors at local nursing homes.

 “I started reading Christmas posts and articles and saw that the focus was more on kids and it seemed that our elders were being forgotten during the holidays,” Kennedy said.

 Kennedy worked to develop the framework for the seniors’ holiday gift-giving project with some assistance from her mom, Bayyinah Tobey-Jackson, a registered and licensed dietitian who is also a nutrition consultant for a term care facility, and her dad, Greg

Kennedy Jackson

Jackson, a well-known attorney who co-hosts the weekly talk radio program, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love, a respected business owner from Apopka. Kennedy then reached out to her friends for help.

 “I texted and called my friends at Bishop Moore and Apopka High, and spoke to my crew teammates from North Orlando Rowing about this project to give back to Seniors and everyone I spoke to was excited and wanted to help wrap gifts and write cards.”
 For now, “Santa to Seniors” is a group of Central Florida teens coming together to bring Christmas cheer to seniors, but Kennedy has plans to start a non-profit organization and is already setting up for next year’s “Santa to Seniors” project. “I have asked my mom, dad and Mr. Love to serve on the advisory board for the organization to provide guidance and to assist with fundraising,” Kennedy continued, “My goal is to let seniors know teens care about them. What better way to show that than to give gifts to hundreds of seniors every year with the help of students from high schools across Central Florida.”
 Students who participate in the “Santa to Seniors” project can receive community service hours through Attorney Greg Jackson or Rod Love, who operates a 501(c)3 organization. “This is about developing and supporting the next generation of leaders,” Jackson said as he helped wrap gifts for seniors under his daughter’s watchful eye.

 For more information on the “Santa to Seniors” teen community service project, please contact Gregory Jackson, Esq., at (321) 287-8807 or via email at


  1. I am 68 years young, and live in Palm Isles Park Apopka, i go to my chairexercise class that’s sponsored for 2018 by Mr. Love, thank you Sir, but otherwise i have way to much time on hands, i was looking for a little little parttime job, but i cant stand long and cant lift anything so no much luck here My question is does Apopka have a club for seniors who do something, like bowling , day trips etc. i would really love to be with people, its too lonesam alone with my cat, i am still young at heart. thank you for a reply to
    Mrs. Gudrun(Cookie) Fortner

  2. I have confidence that despite the craziness of our country right now, acts of kindness such as this gives me hope for the U. S. getting back on the right track, its not about money, its about the people. Thank you to this young lady and those that support her.


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