VCAAA extends second call to action for holiday greetings campaign

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is again extending a call to action to local schools and the community for a Holiday Greetings Campaign aimed to reach older adults and people with disabilities who are living in Ventura County. The VCAAA is seeking greeting cards that are handmade or premade by children and adults alike with a short holiday greeting written inside. Cards will be distributed as part of the VCAAA’s COVID-19 meal service programs.

More than 30,000 older adults in Ventura County are living alone, and the isolation, loneliness, and depression many of them are experiencing during the COVID-19 has become as much of a threat to their overall health as the virus itself. With the holiday season upon us, the VCAAA recognizes that this is the most critical time to extend not only our services to these populations, but also our care and support.

The VCAAA received more than 1,000 holiday greeting cards through the month of November that were distributed throughout Ventura County with a special Thanksgiving meal delivery. The cards and meals received positive feedback, with one recipient saying, “it means a lot that somebody remembers us and cares for us.”

A second holiday meal delivery is scheduled for the end of December, and more cards are needed to include with those meals. Those interested in participating should send completed greeting cards to the VCAAA through December 21st, 2020. Greeting cards may be mailed to, or dropped off at, 646 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, Ca. 93003. Please notate VCAAA Holiday Greetings Campaign on the envelope.

The VCAAA continues to encourage family members and neighbors to safely connect with loved ones who may benefit from similar holiday greetings, and from support with grocery shopping or other errands. It is extremely important to keep open lines of communication to help minimize the isolation so many older adults are experiencing.

Those interested in participating in this program may e-mail jannette.jauregui@ventura.org for more information, or call (805) 477-7306.

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