Friendly Aid Provides Additional Services to Seniors during Covid Crisis
With the onset of Covid 19, vulnerable senior and disabled residents in Wellesley Public Housing became housebound in their apartments. The inablity to socialize, to attend events at the Tolles Parson Center and to participate in our monthly outreach activites resulted in isolation. To reach out to these individuals and let them know that we at Friendly Aid had been thinking about them during these very trying times, we connected:
-- In June 2020 we sent each of the 111 households a $20 Roche Bros. gift card. The mailing also included a note with this uplifting message to brighten their days:
Let there be love and understanding among us,
Let peace and friendship be our shelter from life's storms.
-- In December 2020, the National Charity League, Inc. partnered with Friendly Aid to provide gift bags filled with homemade fleece blankets and other goodies to the same residents in celebration of Wellesley's Luminary Night. In past years, Friendly Aid hosted Luminary Night suppers for these residents.
-- In February 2021, students at Schofield Elementary School made beautiful Valentine's Day cards that were distributed in gift bags to the residents in coordination with Friendly Aid.
-- In April 2021, gift bags with lotion and socks (donated by a local Mary Kay consultant) were delivered along with colorful spring plants.
-- In June 2021, WFA,in partnership with National Charity League, Inc., resumed our Sunday afternoon socials, now held outside. The participants enjoyed coming together for ice cream and bingo once again. The weather in September and October allowed for these afternoon socials to take place in September and October as well, producing many smiles.