Senior Holiday ProjectMake the Holiday Brighter for Homebound La Mesa Seniors
The La Mesa Chamber thanks the public, members and friends for making this year’s annual senior project an overwhelming success. People drove from throughout the region to donate items for our gift baskets and bags that were delivered to the 21 La Mesa homebound seniors this year. Each year we work with the La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol to distribute our gifts. This year due to the pandemic, the RSVP’s have not been able to work, so we enlisted the help of others from the Police Department to deliver our items.
Each year the La Mesa Chamber allocates funds to assist these seniors and were joined by the following financial partners who donated cash and gift cards: AMR, Kyle Nyswonger of Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Darsi Bakker of PenChecks, Inc. and Michelle Huey of Pete’s Place. In addition to these cash donations and gift cards, we collected canned food, calendars, toiletries, note pads, soaps, shampoos, stationary, clothing, socks tissues, blankets and other articles for a Grand Total of 3,298 items. The Chamber receives all of the items and wraps them in gift baskets and bags that are delivered to each senior. We thank EDCO and Sycuan for donating the bags that make this distribution possible. In addition to these needed items, we were honored to receive beautiful handmade Christmas stockings from the Pioneers, a volunteer network of AT&T. These folks worked tirelessly throughout the year making those handmade Christmas stockings, then stuffed them with lots of items such as masks, shampoos, gloves, socks, wafers, lip balms, and more. Adorable stuffed animals were attached to each stocking, as an added bonus! The Pioneers donate these stockings to various organizations during the holidays and we were pleased to receive them for our La Mesa seniors. We enlisted the help of Steve Browne, Maggie Eggers, Dennis England, and Al Russell to pack the items in their vehicles and help deliver them to the Police Department.
The generosity of the public and our members in supporting this project, is a testament to the love that we all have for our senior population. Our seniors do not ask for much and accept all that they are given with a grateful heart. We thank everyone who participated in this year’s project.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
The Chamber is now beginning to gather items for our 24 homebound seniors. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets and gift bags. All these gift bags are delivered to the selected seniors by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. Due to delivery schedule, the deadline to receive the gifts for our seniors is Wednesday, December 1st. This will allow time to wrap all the items, prepare all the gift basket and purchase the items needed. The Chamber plans to make this holiday special for these wonderful members of our community!
We ask that if you wish to donate items from your pantry, please double check the expiration date on those items and make sure they have not expired.
We need to gather ALL of our items by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to be included in the senior gift bags and baskets.
You may deliver your items to:
The La Mesa Chamber office: 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214 to Fran Smith, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mary England is also available 7 days a week to meet donors and pick up those items directly from you. Contact Mary England at (619) 251-7730 and she can arrange to meet you to pick up your items.
Suggested items to purchase or donate:
Canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, crackers, pasta, marinara, macaroni & cheese, instant cereals, bars of soap, tubes of tooth paste, tissues, bottles of hand soaps, hand sanitizer, socks, pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from the following locations: Walmart, Target, or any grocery store.
If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off! We want to make this a memorable holiday for our home bound seniors again this year.