Dec 26, 2013 1:29 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County partnered with some special seniors before the holidays.
"I didn't realize there were so many people that needed this," said Kathy, a resident of the Arroyo Grande Care Center, as she bagged groceries.
For others like her, that realization has inspired an army of volunteers at the senior home. Most are in wheelchairs, but nothing can restrain their abilities to help those who are less fortunate this holiday season.
"Most of them are here in their 90s, so when they can do this it makes them feel important," said Matthew Lysobby, Care Center Director.
He said feeling important gives these 60 seniors something they desperately need.
"They still need to be needed. They need to feel like they have a reason and a purpose in their lives," he said.
Lysobby said that purpose improves their health and spirits.
In all, more than 100 families will show up to receive bags of groceries packed by the seniors. The SLO Food Bank depends on volunteers like these to distribute food to the needy. This particular group volunteers its time once a month.
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