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Elderly People · 01:27

Friends of the Elderly

  • By Carolina Diaz Sanchez · Costa Rica, Americas


Friends of the Elderly

Main aim of the charity

The main aim of this charitable cause is to provide an unforgettable time for this elderly society, they are really happy and feel valued when we deliver presents to them, not only do they enjoy the present but also enjoy dancing and talking with people in this important time of the year. We think this generates awareness on how young people should value time with their grandparents. Spending time with them and sharing, showing appreciation and caring for them while we still can. Also, elderly people are part of a society that is being discriminated, or in worst cases abandoned by their family, it is really important for us to create awareness about all the love and care that they need, not only material needs but by compassion and human warmth. We will experience getting old and being an elderly person is part of life, let's not forget to appreciate our golden years in this earth.

How the employee got involved and why

I got involved with this charitable cause two years ago, when my sister told me she was contributing to the charity with her college friend. Her Friend, Sofia, has been organizing this amazing Christmas event for more than 200 elders for over a decade, with her family. My Family and me got involved and started collecting goods and presents for the event.

What work does the employee do for charity?

Six months prior to the event, we shared this cause with our friends and family, to collect goods and presents for the elders and the shelter. Also we look for artistic and musical groups to organize the best party ever, they love to dance, they await this event all year long. I also help in the logistics. My main duty is to collect rather goods, economic donations or contact groups who would like to donate their time to create the best ambiance that day. We invite our family and friends to participate because they appreciate so much company as a big family.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

There was one year, 2015, that it was not possible to us to organize the party because there was not enough donations. We sent them presents, but definitely it was no enough since they also need human affection and warmth. They are looking forward for this party all year long, specially considering some of them have no family to spend the holidays with. The shelter cannot provide all the things that the elderly require, such as special creams, socks, blankets, hygienic goods, etc. It would contribute in the acquisition of ingredients and the food they require, including special dietary consumption and vitamin for diabetic sufferers Our operation depend just on donations, and we understand that not all the people partake in contributing because of economic reasons, or because they have other charitable cause to fund. We think this generates awareness on how young people should value time with their grandparents and listen to them, because they are here and will might regret not having spent enough time with them.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

I really like this cause and it makes me feel joyful. I think what is different since it is not only the donation, but the quality time invested in to them, we all celebrate this as a family. Let me tell you a little bit about my story: I am immigrant from Colombia, my family and me have been living now for more than 19 years in CR. We had political and military risks, therefore we had to look for a new home. I have always missed so much my grandparents, and I feel I have not invest as much time as I would like to with them. I have visited my hometown every three years for the holidays, but it was not enough. Now my grandparents are no longer with us and I feel duty to adopt these grandparents from the shelter as my own and share my time and effort to make them feel happy in this important time of the year.

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