Subaru and the Bakersfield Senior Center Join Together for “Subaru Share the Love” Food Giveaway and Christmas Gala

Subaru and the Bakersfield Senior Center Join Together for “Subaru Share the Love” Food Giveaway and Christmas Gala

Subaru and the Bakersfield Senior Center Join Together for “Subaru Share the Love” Food Giveaway and Christmas Gala

By Darlene L. Williams and Austyn J. Williams, Contributing Writers

The Bakersfield Senior Center hosted a two-day event which included a food give-away on Thursday December 20, 2018 and on Friday December 21, 2018 a “SHARE THE LOVE” Christmas Gala. Both events benefitted seniors in the Bakersfield community and seniors who are long-time members of the center.

Meals on Wheels America was named as one of the National Partners of the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event for the 11th consecutive year and the BSC has been a member of the non-profit organization for the past 3 years.

“Over the past ten years, Subaru and its retailers have helped the Meals on Wheels network deliver nearly 2 MILLION MEALS to homebound seniors across the country.”

Whenever a new Subaru is bought or leased during 2018, through January 2, 2019, that number of meals delivered to seniors will increase. During this year-end sales event, Subaru of America will donate $250 to the customers favorite selected charity.

“When Meals on Wheels charity is selected, $250 goes to the MOW organization. For every non-profit that’s registered with MOW in each state; the total funds will then be divided among those organizations” explained, Lilli Parker, Executive Director of Bakersfield Senior Center.

Meals on Wheels America provides leadership to local community-based programs dedicated to fighting hunger and isolation among our nation homebound seniors.

One-hundred six (106) turkeys and all the trimmings were handed out Thursday to seniors ages 60 and above. An ID and proof of Medi-Cal was required to receive the hefty bags donated by Subaru. According to www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove., 16.6 million seniors are isolated and live alone, 1 in 7 seniors struggles with hunger, and 18.8 million seniors are living in or near poverty.

“It’s all about showing love in the community, said Parker, what I want people to know is, this event we are having today, Share the Love, we are giving back to the community, we are here, and we exist.”

“You make me happy. I get up in the morning and my house is empty. I come here for all the hugs I can get!”, Mrs. Helen Collins exclaimed (while hugging Parker).

Healthnet Medicare, Advocate Lydia Irwin, was on board to assist seniors looking for insurance plans. “Healthnet Medicare tries to connect seniors with finding an insurance plan to better their lives and to be the managed care provider for them, she said. Not a lot of seniors are aware of the many benefits our plans are able to provide for them such as: glasses, dental care, allowance and transportation and more.”

The BSC concluded the two-day event on Friday with a Christmas Gala from 6-9 p.m. Subaru Sales Manager, Nick Lightle was the guest speaker for the holiday gala. Approximately 110 seniors and their family members enjoyed the festive occasion which included a scrumptious dinner of sliced Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, rolls, dessert and an evening of dancing.

Natesha Johnson, Founder of Upside Academy and members of the Academy graciously and tirelessly served the seniors throughout the three-hour event. “These are skill-sets that these young people can use towards obtaining jobs”, she said.

The 10 minute “Wobble” song got seniors and members of the BSC exercise group (ages 50-89)up and out on the dance floor. The energetic agile group continued to “dance the night away” with the smooth sounds of jazz and 80’s tunes provided by Wendell “Music Man” Moore.

“We’re going to be doing big things in this neighborhood, Tee Daniels, President of the Board of Directors, said. This generation(seniors) we don’t want to forget them.”

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