Food insecurity and hunger are a harsh reality for many struggling seniors in Orange County. While many people are able to celebrate and enjoy all that they have to be thankful for during the holidays, it’s also an important time to remember to give to those in need.
Last year we welcomed an unexpected gift from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newport Beach. Church members wanted to provide a warm meal and help isolated older adults in our community with holiday food boxes.
Families gathered together one weekend morning for a fun-filled assembly style project. Items were donated and organized. Boxes were filled with an assortment of homemade candies, non-perishable goods and holiday presents. Gift cards were also included for fresh foods so recipients could purchase and prepare their own favorite holiday meal, such as turkey or other items, if that was their preference.
Over 60 holiday food boxes were created and distributed to grateful participants in our Friendly Visitor and ReConnect EISOA Programs. The Council on Aging’s Case Managers were delighted to bring a little added cheer to their clients and delivered the holiday food boxes in the community.
We are forever grateful to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newport Beach for their generosity. If you or your organization are looking for ways to help isolated older and disabled adults this year, please contact us today. COASC is a leading nonprofit helping seniors for over 45 years and we have ways you can help, too.