Can you believe how fast this year flew by?! With fall in full swing, it’s officially time to get things going for our annual Senior Santa Visits. This year our teams of volunteers will be heading out to visit local seniors on Saturday, December 10th and we need your help!
Check out this year’s flyer below to see how you can contribute! Please feel free to share this flyer with anyone & everyone. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more fun, photos, and info.
Congratulations to our very own Gwen Pradere, Celebrating Women Helping Women honoree. Nominated by Sierra Bookkeeping, Gwen, Founder and President of Friends for All, spends her year collecting gifts, donations and volunteers to visit home-bound seniors every Christmas season. She founded Friends to All nearly 23 years ago with the very first Senior Santa Visit and has continued to support and grow our annual visits every year.
Check out the post made by Soroptimist International of Carson City by clicking the link below! https://bit.ly/3MAWhWA
Our very own Gwen Pradere, the founder of Friends to All, was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 10 exceptional women in our city’s history! Thank you to all these amazing women and for all they do to make Carson City a wonderful place to live 💕
With Covid-19 affecting nearly all aspects of life, times are a little scary right now, especially for our senior population. However, we are a strong community and many grocery stores are doing their part to help our high-risk populations feel safer when shopping. Here’s what some of our local stores are offering…
+ SAVE MART – Senior Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6am – 9am
+ RALEY’S – Senior Essential Bags Two discounted grocery bags available to purchase for seniors, one that’s $20 with a random selection of pantry goods and produce, and one that’s $35 with ready-to-eat meals. For more information visit their website here https://www.raleys.com/senior-essentials-bag/
These hours apply to people 60 and older and most stores are also allowing other high-risk people to shop during these hours as well, such as women who are pregnant.
If you know of any other stores/businesses in our local community offering help to seniors please let us know in the comments. Also feel free to share this so we can get the word out!
We are beyond excited to announce that we are now on Amazon Smile!
WHAT IS AMAZON SMILE
It’s an easy way to support your favorite non-profit organization by simply shopping through smile.amazon.com, at no additional cost to you.
HOW IT WORKS
1) Visit smile.amazon.com
2) Search for “Friends to All” and select us (Friends to All in Carson City, Nevada) as your favorite charitable organization
3) Next time you shop on Amazon, be sure to start at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase to Friends to All.
This is a way you can help us reach more seniors, more often in our community without spending any additional money on donations. Amazon pays the donation and you just shop!
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.
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.