Community Invited To Bring Joy To Vulnerable Populations

Care package created with cheerful joke written on card by someone named Julio. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Mood boost bag created to lift elder person’s spirits in these days of isolation. 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 local live-in senior facilities, including Aspen Ridge, BeeHive Homes and Sombrillo Rehabilitation Center.

“This is a difficult time for seniors, especially those living away from family and friends,” LARSO Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “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 distribution.”

Small donations of even $1 are appreciated, but the senior centers want to take it one step further, she said.

“Why not help out the nation in the process,” Lauritzen said. “During business hours we are asking residents to come donate their change, in the hope of doing our part to infuse the banks with coins.”

Donations also may be sent in paper form, or checks made out to LARSO, with “Senior Services” in the memo line.

The hours for the White Rock center are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for the Betty Ehart center 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Donations may be mailed to 1101 Bathtub Row. For more information, call 505.662.8920.

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