WOW! What a community we live in and what a way to end 2008.
Over the past few months, the LOEL Center and seniors are very lucky to have been part of such a wonderful caring and giving community. This year the LOEL Center's Senior "WISH" Christmas tree received overwhelming support from our community once again - from Girl Scout Troop 2028, to community families, to seniors themselves.
Seniors in need of a little Christmas cheer made a wish for Christmas and hung it on the tree - there were wishes from new shoes to space heaters, to new robes and slippers, food, and even help with their utility bills. It was the community that filled over 100 senior wishes. Each and every one of you knows who you are and we thank you for helping make our seniors feel the true "Christmas Spirit." I really wish you could have seen their faces when they received their gifts. It's really hard to put into words how each one of them felt, but you could tell by looking at the smiles on their faces and excitement in their eyes - that was worth millions. A special thank you to one of the best Santa's - Dennis Calton, who handed out each special gift.
We also had special gifts provided to us from the Lodi Police Partners for our Meals on Wheels seniors. The Kiwanis Club of Lodi and Key Club members prepared a turkey dinner for both Thanksgiving and Christmas with all the fixings for our Meals on Wheels participants and those who come into the center for lunch everyday. Not only did the Kiwanis purchase everything to prepare the meal, but they also volunteered their time to prepare and package a hot delicious meal for the holidays. For some, this was the first hot meal they have had in months.
So, thank you Lodi community. We wish you and yours all the best in 2009 and look forward to another wonderful year.
On behalf of the LOEL board, seniors and staff
President and CEO
LOEL Foundation, Inc.