Fill a Car Event Benefits Seniors

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Courtesy: 
Voices
Waterbury, CT

New Opportunities, Inc. and Premier Subaru Watertown are inviting the public to fill a Subaru with unwrapped holiday gifts for homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels until Monday, December 16, at 795 Straits Tpke.

This local effort is part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s participation in the national Subaru of America, Inc. Share the Love event, designed as a way for Subaru dealers to give back to their local communities.

“We provide meals to many seniors who have no family support and are often alone during the holidays. Last year this event with the help of the public, was able to provide about 60 seniors with a small holiday gift,” said Program Director Lisa LaBonte.

Gift suggestions include gloves, socks, blanket throws, postage stamps, pharmacy gift cards, sweatshirts and slippers.

New Opportunities, Inc. will pick up the items after December 16 and distribute them to the neediest clients.

As a proud Subaru Share the Love event charitable partner, New Opportunities, Inc. is eligible to earn grants of up to $35,000.

This can provide an extra layer of support to help New Opportunities, Inc., which currently has a waiting list for Meals on Wheels services.

“We are honored to be part of Share the Love for a sixth straight year,” said Association President and CEO Ellie Hollander.

She added, “Subaru recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities it serves. Working together, Meals on Wheels and Subaru are helping to provide more than just a meal; we’re bringing warmth and compassion to so many hungry and homebound seniors who would otherwise go without.”

The Subaru Share the Love event runs through January 2, 2014.

Subaru is donating $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of charity, including Meals on Wheels.

Over the past six years, proceeds from the Subaru Share the Love event have provided funds to support the Meals on Wheels vision to end senior hunger.

More information about New Opportunities, Inc. and the Meals on Wheels Program is available at www.newoppinc.org.

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