Homebound Seniors Not Forgotten at Holidays

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Local Non-Profit, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, adds Personal Warmth, Gifts with Hot Meals

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We coordinate over 1000 volunteers...to make the holidays a little brighter and less lonely for our clients.

This season, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) will brighten the holidays for hundreds of elderly men and women in Contra Costa County who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

“We coordinate over 1000 volunteers and many community partners to make the holidays a little brighter and less lonely for our clients,” said Executive Director Elaine Clark.

In November, Golden Hills Church in Brentwood and Antioch will deliver a hot Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to 60 seniors on our Meals on Wheels service who live in Bay Point, Pittsburg and Antioch, as they have done for the past six years.

In November and December MOWSOS will hand out more than 200 bags of household items provided by Kyle Paulson’s Eagle Scout project. Items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, body soap, and shampoo are a welcome gift for homebound seniors. Paulson collected over $1,300 for his Eagle Scout project which will be used to purchase wireless doorbells for the many clients who can’t hear their door bell, phone, or knock on the door and miss getting their meals. Paulson is a member of Boy Scout Troop #36 in Walnut Creek and attends De La Salle High School in Concord, CA.

In December, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services staff members will hand deliver 40 quilts and warm blankets donated by the Martinez Quilters and Joan Culver to clients most in need.

MOWSOS needs calendar and sock donations! Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels add a holiday gift – a 2015 calendar and warm socks -- to the meals delivered to clients in December. The calendars and socks are collected from volunteers and friends. 800 of each are needed to have something for everyone.

The organization “Christmas Is for Everyone” has partnered with MOWSOS to deliver a hot meal and gift on Christmas Day to seniors who live in Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Clayton, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek. This is the seventh year for this special holiday offering.

Also in December, the Clayton Business and Community Association will provide 25 bags with a set of towels, soap, shampoo, and warm blankets for Meals on Wheels clients in Clayton and Concord. Drivers deliver them to seniors’ homes during the holiday season.

The Lions Club of Danville will provide 20 bins containing a warm blanket, towels, hat, scarf, gloves, flashlight and battery, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, a pack of notecards and a pen with 10 postage stamps. These are delivered to clients of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services who need them.

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