VISTA Member Expands Interfaith Ministries’ Santa Loves Seniors Program

Rebecca Dake-preferred photo 1For VISTA Rebecca Dake, a large part of November was spent on expanding and enhancing Interfaith Ministries of Denton’s Santa Loves Seniors holiday care package collection, which served 50 residents last year. Earlier in the year Rebecca created a partnership with the Denton Housing Authority’s Heritage Oaks Apartments, a low to moderate income senior housing complex. Rebecca planned, with Heritage Oaks Assistant Manager Shawna Walker, the care package distribution, for up to 120 seniors, in conjunction with a holiday meal for late December. Rebecca helped identify potential in-kind donors and wrote a successful grant to ALDI for $200 that will be used to purchase cans of soup for each senior. In order to promote community involvement in the project, Rebecca created a Santa Loves Seniors Web page and Facebook event and notified the city’s newspaper, the Denton Record Chronicle, which ran the event as a news brief. Additionally, Rebecca created and scheduled emails in Constant Contact along with Facebook and Twitter posts throughout the month encouraging the community to help collect items and volunteer for the distribution. Check back in late December or early January to see how the project went.

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