Local Charity Seeks Donations For Mother’s Day Gift Baskets
2014-05-06 · By Editor
This Mother’s Day, local non-profit The Heart of Ida will be delivering gift baskets, companionship, and joy to a percentage of Long Beach’s homebound senior citizens, many of whom are isolated and lonely – and they need your help!
As we age, increasing disability and loss of mobility often lead to diminished social networks and support. The result is greater isolation and a decline in mental health and quality of life. Since 2008, The Heart of Ida has worked to combat loneliness and isolation among Long Beach’s 43,000 seniors (considered age 65+).
“Homebound seniors suffer from various diseases, including depression, at higher rates than the general older adult population. Isolation often leads to depression and vice versa,” says The Heart of Ida co-founder Keri Reich. We hope to alleviate a bit of suffering with our gift basket deliveries. “The Mother’s Day gift basket will be cherished, but the delivery and visit from a Heart of Ida volunteer is the real gift!”
The Heart of Ida is requesting donations to help fund the gift baskets, which include pens, paper, a scented candle, lotion, body wash, moisturizing hand soap, wipes, body spray and chocolate. A donation makes a great Mother’s Day gift, as well (The Heart of Ida will send the recipient a personalized note card announcing the donation in their name). Donations are being accepted at www.heartofida.org.
The Heart of Ida is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 2008 to serve the older adult population of greater Long Beach, CA. Its mission is to help older adults preserve their independence as long as possible and provide comfort and cheer when assisted living is necessary.