St. Paul’s PACE hosts donation drive for seniors in need

Brisk autumn air has landed in San Diego, and with it comes an increased need to support the region’s low-income and frail seniors. St. Paul’s PACE San Diego is hosting its annual Essential Needs Drive to benefit this sector of the community for National Make a Difference Day this Saturday, […]

Brisk autumn air has landed in San Diego, and with it comes an increased need to support the region’s low-income and frail seniors.

St. Paul’s PACE San Diego is hosting its annual Essential Needs Drive to benefit this sector of the community for National Make a Difference Day this Saturday, where it will collect donations of new and unwrapped toiletries, hygiene care products, dish soap and sponges, canned cookies, nonperishable foods, socks, underwear and warm clothes.

The social distance, drive-thru event will take place in downtown San Diego at 111 Elm St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items can be left in the trunk of cars so drivers can pop it open and allow volunteers to remove them from a safe distance.

St. Paul’s PACE serves more than 1,000 low-income seniors who have chronic medical needs throughout the county, many of whom suffer from social isolation. The nonprofit organization provides those enrolled in the program with nutritious meals, as well as medical, dental, home care and social services.

Although they are assisted with these services, the costs of daily living sometimes means they can’t afford personal hygiene items, warm clothes or slippers to keep themselves comfortable in the winter, said Amanda Gois, St. Paul’s corporate marketing director. She said some seniors enrolled in the program are unable to clean their laundry because they lack detergent due to their economic situation.

“For the seniors that we have in our PACE program, these are often considered luxury items and they’re items that they cannot afford to buy for themselves,” Gois said. “They have to pay their own rent, they have their own personal bills, and often after they’ve paid those types of things, there’s very little left for these essential need items.”

Those interested in making donations who can’t attend Saturday’s event can drop off items at any of the four St. Paul’s PACE locations in San Diego, El Cajon, Encinitas or Chula Vista from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Any questions can be sent to Lizette Galindo at [email protected] or (619) 571-7451. For more information about St. Paul’s PACE, visit https://www.stpaulspace.org/, and to make online donations visit stpaulseniors.org/donate.

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