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As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded to count our blessings and remember all that we have to be thankful for. But for many seniors, Thanksgiving and the following holiday season can be a difficult time.

Seniors, like Gloria, often feel lonely and are reminded of people they may have lost in the past. The lack of family gatherings, an inability to shop or prepare food, or the feeling that they cannot fully participate in holiday functions can lead to depression and isolation.

Last year, over 600 seniors received their Thanksgiving meal from Spectrum Community Services.

Gloria and others like her, received a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. “My favorite part was the sweet potato pie and the gravy that you could tell was made from scratch.” Your gift of $50, $100 or $200 will provide Thanksgiving meals to Alameda County seniors in need.

A hallmark of Thanksgiving is a perfectly roasted and juicy turkey. Challenges, like labor and transportation issues that have persisted throughout the pandemic, have made it difficult for farmers to maintain production, and has experts predicting a turkey shortage this November.

We expect to have even more Thanksgiving meal requests this year. 

In anticipation of a potential shortage or price increase, we are tasked with figuring out much turkey we will be able to purchase. That’s where you can help! Your gift of $50, $100 or $200 will allow us to provide Thanksgiving meals for seniors who would not otherwise be celebrating the holiday with a hot meal. Those seniors who have no other place to go on November 25th, are relying on you!


Seniors like Gloria, say they are thankful for your help in keeping healthy meals available to her not only on Thanksgiving, but every day. Food is an essential part of our day and a joy, when made and delivered with the love and care that your donation makes possible.

I am writing today to ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to provide healthy meals and wellness checks for Gloria and others like her.

Thanksgiving and every day, Gloria and many other seniors in our community rely on your support. We are thankful for every gift that we receive to keep feeding the need in our community.  Donating is easy. Give with your heart and holiday spirit. Go online today at or send a check in the enclosed remittance envelope. There is no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to make a conscious decision to help your neighbors who are in need.

Warmest Wishes,

Kris Kokotaylo

President, Board of Directors, Volunteer

PS - I’m grateful for the opportunity to volunteer for Spectrum and positively impact older adults.  I hope that you'll join me in playing a part in helping to give back by lifting up and improving the lives of others.

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