The Indio Senior center had their first care package giveaway in June where they gave out 500 packages to seniors. This month, Indio Senior Center is hosting their second community care package giveaway for seniors. They are hosting a drive-by event for seniors 55 years of age and older from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17th. The center is looking for donations through July 13th.
Sylvia Tenorio is the President of Frinds of the Indio Senior Center, she said even through they are physically closed, they do not want to be closed to the community.
Brooke Beare, the director of communications and marketing for the city of Indio, said, "The community seniors are among some of the most vulnerable in our population. They are more prone to isolation, depression, anxiety. Not just because their life circumstances but because of the social distanding required by this pandemic."
They are hoping this round of the care package giveaway is a big success, just like the one in June. Beare said, "What a great way to show the area seniors that they’re in your thoughts by donating a little something that can really make their day."
For the first giveaway, the packages included things like masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. It also included some fun things like playing cards and an exersize band so the seniors could exersize virtually through the center.
Tenorio said, "You don’t need to be a member of the senior center to receive these care packages. All you have to do is be 55 and over."
Those who are able to donate, the center is looking for the essentials along with things geared toward the hotter summer months as well. They are looking for things like sun visors, sun block, little fans to keep cool. Beare added, "Anything that you think can bring a smile to someone’s face."
If the July giveaway is a success, they are hoping to continue to the giveaway in August.
You can visit THIS LINK, to learn more about the Indio Senior Center Care Package Giveaway.
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