FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care kicked off their holiday activities Saturday, Dec. 2, with a showing in the Annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade. This year's entry included one of the transportation service Care Vans decked out in holiday lights and carrying both volunteers and members of the Board of Directors. Staff and friends of the organization also walked in front and alongside the van.
Also in the works this month is Nana's Little Helper Senior Drive, for which the Foundation for Senior Care has been designated as one of two drop-off locations in Fallbrook.
Nana's Little Helper is dedicated to improving the quality of life for 50+ adults, and this year the organization is collecting socks, scarves, and other warm and cozy items for seniors currently residing in skilled nursing facilities. The drive runs through Dec. 15.
Holiday Hoopla, the Foundation for Senior Care annual holiday event, will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foundation for Senior Care facilities at 135 S. Mission Road, between Fig and Alvarado streets.
With numerous festivities planned, the Holiday Hoopla is open to the entire community and intended to celebrate the season, honor older adults, and raise money for the foundation's Adult Day Center.
Activities at the Holiday Hoopla include seasonal music, sweets and treats, a "Winter Wonderland" display for taking photos, and a crafts sale with ornaments, stocking stuffers and gifts all hand-made by members of the Adult Day Center.
There will also be a Giving Tree where visitors can select from a variety of "giving tags," each with either a donation amount, item needed, or volunteer request. All proceeds from the Giving Tree will support the Adult Day Center's "2024 Face Lift."
The Holiday Hoopla will also include a visit from Santa between 1and 3 p.m., and an open house so that friends, supporters and community partners can tour the foundation facilities.
Finally, on Dec. 20, the Foundation for Senior Care will spread seasonal cheer to some local seniors as part of the Holiday Gift Giveaway program. Every year, the organization hand-delivers festively wrapped, care baskets to foundation clients who have financial challenges or who are isolated and alone.
This year, the foundation expects to deliver customized gift baskets to 100 deserving seniors. Depending on the needs of each senior, the baskets are filled with a variety of gifts – from hand-knit blankets to toiletry items to gift cards for local stores and outlets.
The Holiday Gift Giveaway is not only special for the seniors, but also for the individuals and organizations who donate the gifts and the volunteers who deliver the baskets. This year, many of the gifts have been donated by the Fallbrook Blanket Project, the local Chapter AZ, Fallbrook PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), Home Instead®, Kelly Jameson of the LDS Church of Fallbrook, the Fallbrook Firefighters Association, and other community businesses and individual supporters.
"It is a privilege to serve and honor our clients and other older adults in our community this holiday season," says Perla Hurtado, interim executive director of the Foundation for Senior Care. "To participate in a number of charitable initiatives – whether ours or another organization's – is truly a rewarding experience for all of us at the foundation."
Additionally, The Senior Care Club, a group of 40+ students from Great Oak High School in Temecula, along with the kids at the Fallbrook Boys and Girls Club, are donating their time to create customized, hand-made holiday cards for each basket. The participation of these two youth groups in the Holiday Gift Giveaway delivers on a key objective of the Foundation for Senior Care – to facilitate and foster intergenerational connections.
For more information on the Foundation for Senior Care holiday activities, call 760-723-7570 or visit http://www.foundationforseniorcare.org.
The Foundation for Senior Care is a 501 (cd) (3) nonprofit, charitable organization that provides vital services to older adults in the Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz communities.
Submitted by the Foundation for Senior Care.