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AT&T group volunteers wrap presents for the Holiday Gift Drive

Meet Kenneth: Holiday Gift Bags Bring Joy to Seniors

Posted January 15, 2014

MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories | Volunteer News

Kenneth and a tree.

Kenneth sits in front of his Christmas tree.

During the first few weeks of December, every homebound senior MOWSF serves received, along with their usual meal delivery, a holiday gift bag and a handmade card. This included 82-year-old Kenneth, who live an apartment in the Mission.

Kenneth began receiving meals after he suffered a stroke in 2011. Though he was able to return home from a rehabilitation center after a month, he had lost some of his mobility and could no longer grocery shop or prepare meals for himself.

These days he must use a walker to move about his apartment, and he doesn’t get out much, as the entrance to his apartment building is up a flight of steep stairs. But he remains cheerful and neatly dressed, usually in a flannel button-up shirt.

Mary and Alex at the door.

Senior Mary receives a gift from MOWSF meal delivery driver Alex.

Kenneth was delighted to receive the holiday gift bag along with his meals for the day and showed off the Christmas tree and decorations that his caretaker and step-children helped put up.

We are so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who raised funds, wrapped presents and donated items for the gift bags. Each one contained soap, hand towels, note pads, pens, chocolates, boxes of tea and more.

Special thanks to the following for their generous donations to our Holiday Gift Bag Drive:

Ghirardelli logo
Hydra soap logo
Kimpton Resorts logo
Safeway logo
AT&T California
Blackboard Mobile
Intercontinental Hotel Group
Live Nation
Mellon Capital Management
Plant Construction
Schweichler Price Mullarkey & Barry
Rosemary Wong