This year, with Christmas approaching, they have decided to give something back to the community that has supported them.
The Astoria Angels, a volunteer group of residents, have been busy raising money and creating gifts. They first raised $400 at a holiday gift boutique by selling containers of layered dry beans to make confetti soup.
That money helped finance the purchase of food and toys to be distributed by Brighter Christmas, and also scarves and gloves for the homeless in Tracy to ward off the winter’s cold.
The Angels also are creating blankets for children in the intensive-care unit of Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Later, they plan to make comfort blankets for patients in the Veterans Affairs medical center in Livermore.
“These senior citizens have wanted to get involved in helping others, and they are working hard to do just that,” said Cindy Salentine, Astoria Gardens activities director.
She added that in addition to helping others, the Astoria Angels are helping themselves by keeping busy and involved.
Isabel Ferrol, one of the Angels, summed up their attitude: “We have everything we need here at Astoria Gardens, so why not share with others.”
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