LOS ANGELES, December 13, 2012–Holiday shoppers buying turkey, trimmings and treats can make the season brighter for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors by making a donation this month at Whole Foods Market West Hollywood, located at 7871 Santa Monica Blvd. The store’s Grab & Give promotion gives customers the opportunity to purchase pre-packaged, nonperishable food items or to donate their change in support of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s seniors services. Shoppers have the option to donate cash or to purchase these packaged items for seniors: breakfast or toiletry bags ($5); lunch or dinner ($10); or meals for a day ($25). Already, the Grab & Give promotion has collected $2,330 worth of food for seniors.
“The holidays are a time for celebration, family and friends. Unfortunately, many seniors don’t have friends and family to celebrate with—or even enough food to put on the table. That’s why it is so wonderful that Whole Foods West Hollywood is providing much-needed meals this holiday season,” says Kathleen Sullivan, Director of Seniors Services at the Center. “The Grab & Give campaign is a wonderful, convenient way to help seniors who have turned to the Center for support. We’re grateful to Whole Foods Market West Hollywood for giving to LGBT seniors in the spirit of the season.”
LGBT seniors face isolation and loneliness at alarming rates. In Los Angeles, 66% of LGBT seniors live alone, which makes them even more vulnerable to these problems. To combat the effect of loneliness and to enrich the lives of seniors, the Center offers a wide array of services for older LGBT people (ages 50+).
Center services include: more than 80 enrichment activities and social events each month; case management to help seniors navigate challenges such as of dealing with medical issues and finding affordable housing and transportation; and educating the providers of care and services to seniors about how to create an environment that is safe and welcoming for LGBT people.
To learn more about the Center’s services for seniors, visit lagaycenter.org/seniors.
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