More than 300 homebound senior citizens, who often do not have friends and family visit them during the holidays, receive a stocking filled with donated cold-weather comfort items during the annual Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T AAA) Stockings for Senior Citizens. Tulare County businesses, community partners, and residents are invited to collect stocking-stuffer items and ensure these senior citizens receive a gift during the holidays.
“This winter event complements Senior Day in the Park, which encourages our seniors to get out and about,” said Laura Silva, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Aging Services Manager and Director of the K/T AAA. “The Stockings for Seniors event focuses on making sure that home-bound and isolated seniors have a gift and have folks who spend the time to go and visit them during this season.”
Community members can help by donating cold-weather comfort items such as slippers, socks, gloves, scarves, beanie caps, and lap blankets. Volunteers then visit the senior citizens and deliver the stockings filled with gifts. Gift drop off locations include Government Plaza, 5957 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, on the second floor landing outside of HHSA. For other drop-off locations, call Bonnie Quiroz at (559) 624-8086.
Community members wishing to make financial contributions can do so through Friends of Tulare County by logging on to www.friendsoftularecounty.org and clicking on the “Services and How to Donate” tab and choosing “Stockings for Seniors,” or by mailing a check to 5957 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277. Please write “Stocking for Senior Citizens” on the memo line.
This annual event is made possible by collaborative partnerships including: Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, Friends of Tulare County, CSET, Visalia Senior Housing Inc., and many others.