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Marteny: Seniors come to aid of Salvation Army
Seniors living at Sandalwood Retirement Resort are again assisting the Salvation Army this year by hosting the 6th annual Scrooge Breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, 7 to 10 a.m.
A buffet breakfast is featured along with prizes and Christmas entertainment to enjoy during your breakfast.
This event is about the spirit of giving and remembering others less fortunate at this special time of the year.
The seniors ask that you help decorate their ‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree by purchasing a gift card when you come for breakfast.
These cards will be used to help teenagers in our community who come from families in need.
The Salvation Army runs many programs, including the unique New Vista Seniors’ Drop-in.
This drop-in has been going for 15 years. A variety of musical groups and soloists from across the Kelowna area, many who are seniors themselves, offer their talents for the benefit of those attending the drop-ins.
This program gives seniors the opportunity to socialize and exercise, and as with every age, it is so important to have companionship.
In addition to music, educational presentations are done.
Recently, the RCMP did a presentation on identity theft and fraud.
Socializing is important to prevent depression. Depression can lead to more health complications.
Seniors who go to the drop-in still live in their own homes or in supportive housing.
This gives them a chance to come together and be with people their own age.
About 65 to 70 seniors attend each week. Many of the participants are over 80 years of age.
They carpool together, drive or take a taxi to attend the events, which can become an important weekly outing.
Part of the socializing includes a healthy soup and sandwich lunch that is prepared by a chef and an amazing team of kitchen volunteers, for a cost of $3. Having lunch is not required.
Seniors can come just to be with others who can relate to what they are experiencing at this time in their lives.
If something should happen that a senior can no longer attend the drop-in, she or he is not forgotten.
Their friends will stay connected through telephone calls, emails or personal visits to homes and hospitals. The seniors provide the music, organize the food and clean up afterwards. It gives purpose to their lives, which we all need.
If you would like to become part of the volunteer team that supports the drop-in program, call volunteer coordinator Suzie Docherty at 250-860-2329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seniors’ drop-in runs on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from September to June, in the Salvation Army gym on Sutherland Avenue.
Seniors are encouraged to come early to build friendships and play some board games.
Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.