Halloween Helpers give senior citizens a hand

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Lucy Dixon is a retired teacher and she loves Halloween. After working at Wake County public schools for 33 years, she says nothing gives her more joy than seeing the smiling faces of children in costumes trick-or-treating at her door.

"I look forward to Halloween because of this," Dixon said. "Connecting with the children again makes me very happy."

She says she wouldn't be able to pass out candy if it wasn't for the support of a Halloween Helper from Visiting Angels, a non-medical homecare provider.

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The Halloween Helpers can be hired to help senior citizens who need an extra hand buying Halloween candy, answering the door to trick-or-treaters, and just letting others now the senior isn't home alone.

Stacey Sokol from Visiting Angels says they try to provide the elderly with comfort in a time when constant door knocking and unfamiliar faces can be intimidating.

"It can also be very intimidating for those that have dementia," Sokol said. "So our Halloween helpers come in and provide that peace of mind and sense of security for seniors."

Dixon says she can't wait to pass out candy to children this Halloween.

"It's exciting," Dixon said. "I get to see many, many children, who probably some of them I taught, and I look forward to Halloween because of the trick-or-treaters. They're all dressed up and it's a lot of fun to me."

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