This morning I woke up before sunrise to get down to the Curry Senior Center in time to serve breakfast. I am not an early-bird AT ALL so you’ll be impressed to know that not only did I wake up at 5:30am, but I also ate breakfast, made coffee, and got out the door on time. And I was 15 minutes early. Don’t worry – I’m not becoming a morning person. Oh the horror!
I like the Curry Senior Center. I volunteered there last year doing gift wrapping, but enjoyed serving breakfast and having the interaction with the seniors much more. The Center serves meals to more than 175 seniors every day – breakfast and lunch – not just providing food, but also an opportunity to socialize with each other and get out and about. The volunteer coordinator, Gary, explained to me that many of them live in SROs (single room occupancy), which means it’s sort of like a dorm. You have your bedroom, but you probably share your bathroom and kitchen space. Some of the seniors who come in for food don’t have a place to live at all.
When I got there I prepped some buttered toast, rolled some napkins, and then at 8am the doors opened to let in the seniors. I served each senior either a peanut butter or butter sandwich and gave them a cup for coffee. Everyone was super nice and it was nice to chit chat with members of the community here that I never get to interact with. Since it’s San Francisco, there were of course one or two kinda crazy people. I was expecting more, so I was grateful that everyone else was very warm and friendly.
As I watched the seniors eating their breakfasts, I thought of some of my elderly loved ones who have passed away in recent years, and was filled with gratitude that they had a comfortable home, plenty of food, and many family members who loved them and took good care of them in their twilight years. It felt good to play a small part in giving these seniors a sense of community for an hour or two.
Aside from pushing myself to get up early, this was a super easy day for me – I was still at work at 9:30am. I think I’ll sign up to do this once a month in 2013.
Sorry I don’t have any pictures, but luckily Steph’s Day of Giving is all about pictures, so head over to her blog to see pretty holiday snapshots! Janelle has an easy idea for all of you who never have enough rewards points to get anything good. And Laura K. is sharing her updates on FB, but today she made cookies and dropped them off at a local fire-station to thank them for serving her community through the holidays when all they probably want to do is eat cookies and watch Love Actually. Ok, I might have made up the Love Actually part.