Seniors often need to make difficult decisions between buying food or personal care items and now that San Diego County is in the restrictive purple tier, it will be difficult for seniors to shop for the essentials. That’s why West PACE is hosting our first-ever “Everyday Necessities Drive for North County Seniors” from Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2020.
Local companies and groups who call our region home have already come on board to support our effort. They include the San Diego North Economic Development Council, Devore Realty Group, and West Health. We encourage local businesses, community groups, and individuals to donate new and unused toiletries, games, puzzles, socks, masks, and other care items to be assembled into holiday gift packages and new year bundles. In addition to distributing items during the holiday season, items will also be used to stock the West PACE “Care Closet,” where West PACE team members can provide these extras to seniors in need or by request from caregivers throughout the year.
Drive-Thru Drop-Off Events: Dec. 1 & Dec. 22, 2020
We are hosting two drive-thru events to collect everyday essentials at our San Marcos center. The contactless drive-thru collection events will be held at West PACE, 1706 Descanso Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92078 on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. All donors who drive-in to drop-off items at West PACE at these events will receive a coffee and a holiday treat. West PACE will also accept items during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 31.
Wish List for North County Seniors
Our wish list includes: warm clothing accessories like scarves, mittens, gloves, socks; fleece blankets; large print books; games and puzzles; crossword books; masks; hand sanitizer; Kleenex; shampoo; conditioner; lip gloss; hand soap; body wash; women’s lotion; men’s razors; women’s razors; shaving cream; men’s undershirt; toothpaste and toothbrushes; denture kits; toilet paper; and senior friendly manicure kits.
Our medical director, Dr. Colt, speaks to CBS 8 News about our first-ever holiday drive for North County seniors and how our neighbors can get involved. Dr. Colt also shares more details on the peace of mind the team at West PACE provides to the community and family caregivers. Check out the video below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONFrR0OZBns
We’ve created a GoFundMe page to also collect financial donations from our friends who wish to contribute in this way. Our elves will do the shopping for these necessities for you and make sure they get to the seniors we serve.
Help us reach more neighbors in our community and encourage their participation to help seniors in our community. Download our flyer with our complete wish list here. Please share with your friends and neighbors!
If you have questions or would like to arrange a community drive to support this effort, please contact Mary Jurgensen, Community Engagement Manager at West PACE, 760-280-2236.