At 21st Century Santa, we try to stay alert to the needs around us and be available to help. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been called on as much, or able to do as much, to help children. However, we have a number of volunteers who are senior adults. They help us with projects by stuffing envelopes, filling bags of toys for disaster relief, and in many other ways.
Through our senior volunteers, we discovered senior citizens who had no one to shop for them and were unable to shop for themselves. For some, the one mid-day meal they received Monday through Friday from the local senior center was all the food they had. They would try to save some food from their noon meal to last them through the day, or even through a weekend.
We discovered, for some of these seniors, this is an on-going problem, and not just during the pandemic. With an average expense of about $500/week, 21st Century Santa was able to step in and purchase additional groceries for over 40 adults to help provide them with more nutrition. It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up – $26,000 to fund it for a full year.
If you would like to help, please consider a donation directly to this cause, or to our general fund so that we can continue to meet needs like this in conjunction with local senior centers, the Regional Food Bank, and other agencies.
We appreciate our senior volunteers, including Ms Bertha, who makes a quilt for us to auction each year as a fund-raiser for our ministry.