Seniors Receive Emergency Essentials from Lamorinda Village, Volunteers

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(Kathy Enzerink)
Lamorinda Village operations manager, Kathryn Ishizu (center) with daughter Kaylin (L) and friend Sofia Obnial (R) stuff duffel bags with essential evacuation necessities for distribution to local area senior residents who are living independently.

    Lamorinda Village, a support system which helps people age in their homes, arranged for National Charity League volunteer mothers and daughters to stuff 350 emergency/evacuation “go-bags” for seniors living independently in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Thanks to a Lamorinda Village member’s family grant, funds were made available to purchase N95 masks, flashlights, batteries, sunglasses, cotton gloves, first aid kits, bottles of water and protein bars. During the assembly-line stuffing operation, it was explained cotton is preferable to synthetics in the case of fire as latex gloves and high-performance exercise fabrics are highly flammable.
    Kathryn Ishizu, operations manager at Lamorinda Village, and her daughter Kaylin are members of the NCL Acalanes Chapter, which took charge of delivering the emergency bags last month. “It has been great to do something meaningful with Kaylin both during a critical time in her development and also during this critical time in all our lives,” said Ishizu.
    “I was really touched by the tremendous response from our community to help our older adults who are suffering the most from this pandemic,” said Ishizu. “Lamorinda Village grew from an organization of about 70 volunteers to more than 270, providing well over 1,500 services to seniors during this Shelter in Place period.”
    Visit www.LamorindaVillage.org for additional information about the organization.

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