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Sally’s Fund delivers Thanksgiving meals from Kitchen in the Canyon to seniors

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

On Wednesday, Nov 25, staff and volunteers from Sally’s Fund assembled meals at Kitchen in the Canyon and delivered them to community seniors who are sheltering in place. The owner Ozzy Roshani and her team prepared 135 traditional Thanksgiving meals. 

Executive Director of Sally’s Fund Rachael Berger said, “The managers at Vista Aliso, Debbie and Charlene, are extremely thankful and say senior residents were excited and looking forward to a hot Thanksgiving meal.” 

Sally’s Fund’s primary delivery driver is Jason Pastore, and he delivered to Vista Aliso. The nonprofit’s other driver, Rick Roby (who used to drive the local trolley), with the help of a volunteer delivered meals to seniors residing on the hillside.

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Sally’s Fund van waiting to be packed up

Last week Berger said, “We have received a few donations that have helped us cover the cost of the meals and I am hopeful, with additional support, all meals will be made possible, by donations from the community. The total cost to Sally’s Fund is $3,200.

“For some seniors, this is the only hot/prepared meal they have had since we last delivered for Easter. Many seniors who live in the hills no longer have a way of getting into town since the trolleys are not running, so we are currently delivering groceries every week to them, and those that can go out use Sally’s Fund for their transportation needs, so we are busier than ever. Still, we want to make this extra effort for the elderly in the community, so they know they are not forgotten and that we care.”

Sally's fund volunteers

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Volunteers and staff at Kitchen in the Canyon, with Mayor Bob Whalen and wife Kirsten, FOA artist, on the far right

Normally AgeWell would have a lunch for seniors available at the Susi Q, however, since the center has been closed, many low income or seniors without family did not have anywhere to go. 

To the volunteers and staff, Berger says, “Thank you so much for your donations, time, energy, and enthusiasm in plating, packaging, and delivering a delicious Thanksgiving meal for seniors. Kitchen in the Canyon outdid themselves with a beautiful spread! 

“The expressive appreciation by all recipients was so heartfelt (some in tears), and the warmth in our hearts as we delivered these meals is what the true meaning and spirit of Thanksgiving is about.”

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Assembling the meals

Volunteer Anthony Glenn says, “Thank you for including me in your Thanksgiving service to members of our community – no better way to find appreciation for the gifts we have than by sharing our good fortune with others.”

According to Berger, a number of calls have already come in thanking the volunteers, saying how delicious the meals were and “what Sally’s Fund and our volunteers are doing is truly life changing,” and that “we made their day and they wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Sally’s Fund.”

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Delivering meals to grateful seniors

“We felt the hugs they wanted to give, and for a moment, we saw their loneliness fade away,” Berger says. “Furthermore, the added crayon drawings from the students at Top of The World brought joy and memories of their own children when they were young.”

Bonnie Drury says, “Amazing work in bringing a little joy and delicious food to our Sally’s Fund clients! Thank you all so much from the Sally’s Fund Board of Directors!”

For more information about Sally’s Fund and to donate, go to www.sallysfund.org.