2018 Senior Santa Visits

Our annual holiday visits to homebound seniors in our community is set to take place on Saturday, December 8th this year.  Be sure to take a look at our “How to Help” page to see how you can get involved this year.  Also be sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date information about our upcoming visits.

A big way to help us is by spreading the word.  We’d love for you to  tell your friends and family all about us.  Below is an informational flyer you can print and post at your favorite spot in the community.

2018 Informational Flyer

Donation Drop Off Locations

Our senior santa visits are right around the corner. If you would like to help, we are accepting donations now through December 12th at the following locations.

A+ DOCUMENTS, INC.
411 W. Third St, Suite 1 (Corner of W. Third & Minnesota)

CARSON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1900 S. Carson Street (By the State Railroad Museum)

COLDWELL BANKERS SELECT
123 W. Second Street (W. Second St, Hwy 395 & Curry St)

REALTY EXECUTIVES
1071 S. Carson Street (By Red’s)

STATE FARM INSURANCE – MARILYN LEWIS
321 W. Winnie Lanes, #106 (Winnie & Division)

VITAL SIGNS
2412 S. Curry Street

6 WEEK WORKOUT
3476 Executive Pointe Way (Off College Parkway)

TYPES OF DONATIONS –
Small packaged food items (candy, cookies, nuts, etc.)
Slipper socks
Crossword puzzle type books (large print if possible)
Handkerchiefs, gloves, hats, scarves
Lotions, lip balm, etc.
Store/Hair Salon/Barbershop Gift Cards

*We appreciate smaller items which are easier for our volunteers to deliver and nothing that is sized, as we do not have this information prior to our visit.

The Inspiration for Friends To All

In 1999, Raymond Smith asked me to join him in visiting seniors at a local convalescent center. He solicited casinos and businesses in town to donate small items such as decks of cards, calendars, pens, etc. for him to give as gifts to those he visited. Ray would then dress as Santa (his beard was real and so was his spirit), and we would head out to spend an afternoon bringing cheer and joy to many. As his helper, Ray asked me to use his Polaroid Camera to take a photo of each person with him that they got to keep. The gifts and visit brought so much joy to the people we saw, and they were so excited to have a photo with Santa as a keepsake!

Joining Ray that day touched my heart and I knew it was a tradition I wanted to continue. Every year the program has grown with more volunteers and more generosity from the community and more seniors to visit.

We lost Ray in September of 2014 but this program will continue to serve in his memory and his love for life and for people.

2017 Visits to take place December 16th

On Saturday, December 16th our volunteers will depart A+ Documents in Carson City to visit senior citizens in our community. If you know of a senior that would appreciate a visit, please contact Gwen Pradere at (775) 301-6747 or (775) 315-2484, or by email at gwenpradere@gmail.com.

The Purple Avocado, A longtime sponsor!

Most everyone in Carson City knows Stan and Sue Jones, owners of The Purple Avocado. Anytime you stop in their store you are welcomed with big smiles, hugs, and genuine caring. Even “Bella” their adorable dog cheerfully greets you! There is no better place to visit if you are feeling stressed or down…I promise you that when you leave you will be feeling upbeat and happy and leaving with a warm smile on your face!

Over the years, Stan and Sue have always helped with our program. They have been donating bags for our use for many years now. This has saved us tremendously on time to prepare gifts for our visits. They also volunteer time to help us and we appreciate all they do for Friends To All and for our community!

http://www.thepurpleavocado.com

Special people, special visits!

Santa says Carol was good this year! We had a wonderful visit with this special lady. The joy our volunteers bring to the seniors in our community is truly a gift in itself. So many of our seniors have very limited opportunities to share conversations with others. The time spent in hearing stories and sharing laughter is just as important a gift as the package we deliver! If you know of a friend or neighbor or even a family member, that might appreciate a visit, please contact us! If you know of any special needs this person may have, let us know…we will do everything we can to make our visit a memorable one.