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'Adopt a Senior' helps volunteers feel the Christmas Spirit

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Dec 3, 2020

One hundred twenty seniors who are assisted by Senior Support of the Tri-Valley will receive a personal gift and a bag of toiletries to make their Christmas a little brighter. Senior Support assists seniors who may be in need or just need a friendly visit to cheer them up. Seniors were contacted by their staff to ask what they would like for Christmas, most responded with requests for slippers, bathrobes, towels, lotions, see's chocolates, one asked for a book -'How the Scots Invented the Modern World".

The requests were loaded to a "Signup Genius" list and members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with Boys Team Charity of Danville and a group of students from AVHS Global Studies group signed up to purchase the gifts.

A Humanitarian Grant from the LDS church provided toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, dish soap, facial tissue and other items. The Community of Character provided shopping bags, pencils and pens. Hively provided face masks and bottles of sanitizer. Other items included post-it pads, dish washing sponges and a smiley faced stress ball.

Missionaries and local church members assembled the bags and delivered them to Senior Support ready for delivery.

Robert Taylor, director of Senior Support said, "Thanks so much for the support the families have provided the seniors we serve. We greatly appreciate your making this year's Christmas Gift Program for Isolated Seniors successful. ....our thanks to the many families that have contributed."
Pam Silliman, Supervisor of the Friendly Visitor program said, "Thank you so much for delivering all the gift bags to our office yesterday! I know all our Seniors will experience a boost when they receive their gifts .......thanks to all who participated in making this Christmas a true blessing!"

To complete the project, those who purchased the individual gifts will go to Senior Support next week, pick up the gift bag and deliver it to the seniors they adopted, with complete Covid related distancing instructions and a smile underneath their masks.

Note: all names for this project have been filled, but... you can still help.....
- To help with the PUSD children's toy drive sponsored by Blue Oaks and Valley Community churches, go to: Web Link
- To help with Hively's Toy drive for children they support, go to: Web Link

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