A Message from the OA Board – December 2021


A Time for Giving

    A few weeks ago, my very close friend of 25 years was killed in a tragic automobile accident. These moments in life are a big wake-up call – a reminder to live each day fully, laugh often, give thanks and say, “I love you.”
    Life is precious. Everyone’s life holds value. Some days it seems impossible to be grateful, but my yoga teacher ends every practice with, “thank you for another day of living, thank you for another day of loving and thank you for another day of giving.” That seems to cover it all for me.
    During this season of giving, we focus more on others and how we can help. The past 22 months have been challenging with so many in need. Some of our neighbors in Contra Costa County need a warm coat for the winter, some need a ride to a doctor’s appointment and some need connection and friendship.
    You can volunteer your time, donate a gently used coat, make a call, send a card and offer to help a neighbor or friend. A small act of kindness, or an encouraging word, can impact a single life more than imaginable. And it’s good for you, too!
    You don’t have to alter your life to change another’s.
    Can you imagine helping an Orinda senior resident two to three hours a month? Do you have a coat or two in your closet that could be passed along to someone in need? Does your donation really make a difference?
    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can positively impact someone else’s life. Bring joy to someone you know and show kindness to a stranger – even a smile covered by a mask will show through your eyes.
    I would be remiss if I didn’t express my most sincere thank you to our incredible volunteers with Seniors Around Town, the July 4th parade and the Orinda Classic Car Show. They selflessly and generously devote hours of time, talent and financial support to sustain these free community-wide programs and events that bring joy while benefitting others.
    As we move through the holiday season and into 2022, be safe, be healthy and consider gratitude for another day of living, another day of loving and another day of giving.
    Donations for One Warm Coat can be dropped off at The Orinda Association, Library Plaza.

Kate Wiley can be reached at seniorsaroundtownorinda@gmail.com.

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