Beginning Nov. 17, the nonprofit Gary and Mary West PACE will host its annual collection campaign called “Everyday Necessities Drive for North San Diego County Seniors.” This year, organizers are asking San Diego County businesses, community groups, and individuals to donate new and unused blankets to the drive and for financial donations to the West PACE Community Care Fund to support vulnerable seniors in North San Diego County.
Organizers also hope to receive $5,000 in financial donations to the West PACE Community Care Fund to purchase items like clothing, bed linens, mattresses, pet supplies and food, kitchen utensils, small furniture items, transportation subsidies, and other meaningful and intentional gifts. These items are carefully selected based on the needs observed by trained social workers and healthcare professionals who have built trusting relationships with seniors receiving support and services from West PACE and other organizations.
“Financial donations to the Community Care Fund will support the extraordinary needs of seniors throughout the holiday season and the year ahead, which are heightened due to inflation and higher prices for everyday necessities,” says Rena Smith, executive director, West PACE.
About Gary and Mary West PACE
Established with a grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, West PACE is a program providing all the care and services for older adults and people over age 55 who live in North San Diego County and meet state requirements for nursing home level of care. Those who are Dually Eligible for Medicare and MediCal, or for MediCal only, will not be charged co-payments for services. Others who wish to pay privately may also enroll in the program. To apply or learn more about eligibility, contact Gary and Mary West PACE at (760) [phone redacted] or visit their website at www.westpace.org.