The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department delivered Christmas cheer to seniors this year, bringing gift baskets to 135 seniors enrolled in the You Are Not Alone program. The gifts were funded by a $10,000 grant from San Diego Senior Community Foundation’s No Senior Alone initiative.
The holidays can be a challenging time for seniors living alone, which is why the YANA program, which ensures daily telephone calls and a weekly visit from a senior volunteer patrol team year-round, is important. With YANA, if no one picks up the phone, a deputy follows up with a welfare check.
Some 13 sheriff’s department stations and substations participated in surprise visits this holiday season, including North Coastal, Rancho San Diego, Vista, Poway, Ramona, Santee and Lemon Grove. The deliveries were done while safely observing social distance requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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