Circle of Giving to give back to seniors, veterans

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

I am so excited to announce a new project that is launching with the Los Alamos Monitor, for local Veterans and low-income seniors. It is called, “The Circle of Giving.”

Just so you know, I am not employed by the Los Alamos Monitor. I have been a volunteer for more than a decade. I did receive a fee for two or three columns I wrote, many, many years ago, perhaps in the early ‘90s. 

I wrote about Gordon’s record shop, a pending concert and my pride and joy was a column about Kay Richardson, a lovely senior with a classical music show, on KRSN radio. At one, it hung in the Mesa Public Library.

The Monitor staff has a goal to benefit community seniors in many ways during the next few months. The first is by offering subscriptions where a portion of each sale will benefit their first gift of giving. This gift will provide the gift of reading to local senior readers with free subscriptions. 

The next way they will continue to benefit the community, is by using funds from subscriptions to benefit feeding those in need, in our community. The local Home Delivered Meals program, sometimes referred to as Meals on Wheels nationally, is designed to bring food to those considered home-bound. There are many meals delivered each day, by the staff of the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers. Additional funds would ease the burden for many local seniors.

“I’m super excited to be starting this program because I love giving back to my community,” said Aries Margiotta, circulation manager. “This will also give others a chance to give back as well. Many people want to help, but just don’t know how, and I think this will be the perfect way to show them the different ways they can help.” 

If one isn’t able to purchase a subscription, donations of all sizes can be made to impact the Home Delivered Meals program. Those donations can de sent to the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization at Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. It is requested that checks have, “Circle of Giving,” in the memo line.

“We are excited to get the Circle of Giving program started as a way for the community to provide our seniors and veterans with another way to stay connected with their neighbors,” said Editor Jill McLaughlin. “Some might be homebound or just thankful to be kept informed of the senior events, health news and other tidbits of local information that keeps them connected to the town. And, with each donation, we will return a portion of the money back to them to support their home-delivered meals program.” 

The Monitor staff has wanted to so this program for a long time, finding a way to work together, to give back to our community. The team understands that some seniors and veterans are often living on limited means, but have spent a lifetime giving to others. By their launch of the Circle of Giving promotion on the Fourth of July, they celebrate America and our special Veterans, who gave so much of their lives for our nation. 

To learn more about the Circle of Giving and the subscription program, call 505-662-4185 ext. 6 or ext. 4. To learn more about senior services of the Home Delivered Meal program call me at the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization at 662-8920.