KERN COUNTY, Calif. — This holiday season, more than ever, Christmas for Seniors of Kern County needs the support of donations from the local community.
The nonprofit organization traditionally allows its clients, home-bound seniors, to come attend a special event and choose a gift that costs $20 to $25. The gifts coming from community members who "adopt" them for the holiday season.
However, this year, due to the pandemic, the group is doing things differently. Instead of having the seniors come out and choose their gift, they are collecting items and creating baskets to deliver to them, and you can help.
"We could use a few extra items, and some of the items that we are short on are, blankets, throws, something to keep them warm. That's really what they are asking for. Mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, anything along those lines," said Sandy Morris, executive director, Christmas for Seniors in Kern County.
Morris said the organization will plan on delivering to clients two bags of "goodies" with the first bag featuring a variety of toiletries. The second bag will include various nonperishable foods and snacks.
If you would like to help -- you can personally drop off items at the East Bakersfield Senior Center located at 6601 Niles Street.