MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories
Earlier this spring, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco received a generous donation from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation. The funds had one directive – to bring joy into the lives of homebound seniors by committing “random acts of kindness.” For the firsttime ever, our social workers, drivers and volunteers got to dream up gift ideas for our clients, presents that were personal, meaningful and, of course, fun.
One such gift went to Nancy, a retired social worker and two-time breast cancer survivor. Nancy had once loved going to the hairdresser but could no longer afford the expense. And for months after her mastectomy, she says, she found it hard to look in the mirror without feeling sad. Through Random Acts of Kindness, Kristi, her MOWSF social worker, was able to purchase a gift certificate so that Nancy could visit her favorite salon once again.
The Random Acts of Kindness campaign has allowed MOWSF to expand on its mission, to “Nourish the Whole Person,” in a whole new way. From art supplies and televisions to a warm winter jacket, concert tickets and an acoustic guitar, the gifts have brought smiles, laughter and even tears to our seniors and to quite a few MOWSF employees and volunteers as well.
Many clients have sent thank you notes and cards. While they mention their delight with the presents, it turns out the real gift is in the giver. The thought that someone – a volunteer, delivery driver, a social worker – would take time to pick out something special for them, they said, was the most touching part of all. “You can’t imagine how much a special surprise like that can mean to an elderly person who lives alone and has no family,” wrote one client. She’ll be receiving a bouquet of flowers each month for the next year.
To see a slideshow of notes and cards from seniors, click here.