West PACE in San Marcos seeks blankets for seniors


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The nonprofit Gary and Mary West PACE in San Marcos seeks the region’s help in collecting 350 new blankets for vulnerable North County seniors now through Dec. 15 as part of its annual “Everyday Necessities Drive for North San Diego County Seniors.”

In addition to new and unused blankets, organizers have also put out a call for financial donations to the West PACE Community Care Fund to support local senior citizens in need, according to an announcement. The nonprofit has set a $5,000  goal to purchase items such as clothing, bed linens, mattresses, pet supplies and food, kitchen utensils, small furniture items, transportation subsidies and more.

“We are asking for blanket donations this year because we field those requests so often,” West PACE Executive Director Rena Smith said in the organizations announcement. “Last year, our community came through and made the drive very successful, so we hope to hit our goal of 350 blankets out of the park to keep even more vulnerable seniors warm during the chillier months in our region.”

Blankets can be dropped off at the West PACE center, 1706 Descanso Ave. in San Marcos, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., through Dec. 15. Contributors can also donate through the nonprofit’s Amazon Wish List, which has recommended blanket selections.

The blankets will be distributed from mid-December through January.

More information: Call 760-280-2230 or go online to www.westpace.org.

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