Article for January 2021:
A charitable service organization by and for the residents of Sun City Roseville
by Toni Fisher, Chair and Public Relations Director
Living Our Lives with Hope for the Future
We have had a wonderful response to our Annual Friends of the Foundation Appeal which was mailed out last month and we certainly appreciate that! If it is not a good time for you to donate in support of the Foundation’s helpful activities for the coming year, your tax-deductible donation at any time will be welcomed. As our motto states, we are all about “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” and we count on your support to help us walk the talk.
As we near the one-year mark of contending with the COVID Virus, we can be very proud that our Sun City neighbors have willingly followed the urgings of the experts regarding the use of face masks, social distancing and refraining from indoor gathering with those who are not in our immediate families. This has not been easy, yet we know it is the only means by which we will move out of the pandemic. We must now hope that others will abide by the rules to save themselves, their friends and family and us!
But the question remains, how have we managed to do this so well? Throughout our years, we have faced an assortment of challenges, either personal or worldwide. Most of these taught us that very little lasts forever and patience and determination would get us past the difficulty. Many residents have lived these months patiently as they used their creative talents to work on various crafts like painting, sewing, knitting, baking and creating home decorations or furniture. Others have seen this time as an opportunity to finally read that book, or books, that sat on the shelf while you were too busy to read it. Our Activities Director, Sharon Mowry, has contributed well to our need for distraction as she scheduled a number of entertaining online programs for our enjoyment.
The Holidays offered many opportunities to support charitable programs throughout our area by donating to projects like Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and, even locally, the Woodbridge School Giving Tree Program which gathered donations of gift cards, books and clothing for the students and their siblings in families living in the oldest part of Roseville and are especially in need this year.
Although we hoped for the rains to begin, many have been taking advantage of the pleasant weather to enjoy a daily walk or bike ride in the fresh air, hit a round of golf and, of course, to exercise their dogs with their morning pet parade.
We have been told that vaccines will soon be on the way, but the COVID will not come to an end for the general public until later this spring or summer. This now becomes our opportunity to continue to demonstrate our patience and caring for our fellow citizens. Please be smart, follow the rules and stay well. As the saying goes, this, too, shall pass.