An example of a care package assembled for residents of local senior live-in facilities. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Starting Friday, the local senior centers will kick off, what they call, their next “GREAT idea.” It was requested that GREAT appear in quotation marks, or air quotes if speaking about the project, due to the fact that the greatness lies in the eye of the listener or reader.
The plan is for LARSO, which runs the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers to make care packages for the residents of our local live-in senior facilities including Aspen Ridge, the BeeHive and Sombrillo Rehabilitation Center.
“This is a difficult time for seniors, especially those living away from family and friends,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, LARSO Director. “We hope to allow the staff of our community partners, to spread some joy in their facilities, with the help of the community. LARSO staff hopes to assemble care packages, or mood boosting bags, for about 125 of our community elders. The bags will be quarantined for a few days, prior to
Small donations of even a dollar are appreciated, but the senior centers want to take it one step further.
“Why not help out the nation, in the process,” said Lauritzen. “During business hour we are asking residents to come donate their change in the hope of doing our part to infuse
the banks with coins.”
Donations can also be sent in paper form, or checks made out to LARSO, with the “Senior Services,” in the memo line.
The hours for the White Rock center are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the hours for the Betty Ehart center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations can be mailed to 1101 Bathtub Row. For more information, call (505) 662-8920.