David was the inspiration behind the blanket drive at Buena Vida Adult Day Center in El Paso. David is a 74-year-old double amputee, and because his circulation isn’t the best, his upper thighs get very cold in the winter while sitting in his wheel chair. David, and many other Buena Vida participants, don’t have their own blankets, and have to borrow from others at their home residences; in his case an adult foster home for low-income, disabled adults.
The first annual Buena Vida blanket drive kicked off Dec. 20, and it was such a success that now every participant who comes to the center will receive his or her own new blanket. A total of 70 blankets were collected and distributed at Buena Vida’s Christmas Celebration Dec. 22.
In addition to the blanket, each participant at the Center also received two Christmas gifts donated by local gift-giving programs: The El Paso Community Foundation Spirit of Giving Tree, the El Paso RSVP Giving Tree and the Annual Mt. Hope Lutheran Church Christmas Giving Tree. Volunteers from the SASW (Student Association of Social Work) at UTEP helped with the party and with handing out the gifts. Buena Vida was alive with the sounds of Christmas music provided by the Terrazas Jazz Duet and singers from the Apostolic Center of El Paso.
David, along with his friends and the staff at Buena Vida, are grateful to the following blanket donor-elves: Rosedale Exterminators, El Paso Buddhist Center, Horizon High School Student Council, Senior Companion Program Volunteers, LSS Staff, Rosemary Lopez, Maribel Chacon, Hortencia Hinojosa, Helga Carrion, Armando and Margie Martinez, and John Staegar.
Wishing you all a Buena Vida Christmas!
The Buena Vida Adult Day Center serves approximately 125 low-income elderly and disabled persons, nearly half of whom have Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses. Participants are provided services that allow them to live with their families or in adult foster homes, rather than go to a nursing home.