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September 2018
Ed & Vivian Foster

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This month we don’t just have one Volunteer to show kudos upon, we have two! Ed & Vivian Foster are our newest Thrift Store volunteers. They actually came to us thanks to Vivian who was a member. Once they retired following twenty-five years of retail experience, Vivian told Ed that they should help us out at the Thrift Store. That was all it took. They first started out by bringing in store shelves and then by arranging the stock. Now they work 1-2 days a week moving the items from our center to your house. Ed was originally from Fort Huron, Michigan, and came west to Long Beach thanks to the navy. It was fate that the two met at the Central City Mall (the Carousel mall to you youngsters) where they both worked, each taking turns as the other’s supervisor at various stores. They worked so well together they ended up with six kids, fifteen grandkids, and eight great-grandkids! Thanks to Ed & Vivian for arranging our store and for arranging your time to help us out.


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Christmas is just around the corner and Operation Senior Claus is in full force. No matter what you call him (Father Christmas, Black Peter, Grandfather Frost, Swiety Mijolaj, Winter Grandfather, or St. Nick), he is working with all his helpers here at the center to make sure everyone in Highland wakes up with a smile on their face this Christmas. Santas little helpers from the Highland Senior Center, Highland Noon Kiwanis, and the Highland Womans Club are pitching in to help 60 seniors in need.

However, with all these helping hands, Santa still needs your help. We will be preparing Christmas dinners (turkey and all the trimmings), and little gift baskets for some good seniors who managed to stay off the naughty list. To do this we are still in need of money donations, gift cards to food markets, as well as hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, shampoo); enough for 60 people.

So please think about helping out those less fortunate as you and maybe, just maybe, if youre on Santas naughty list, this might push you over onto the nice list.

By the way, Kris Kringle is a varation of Christkindl. When Martin Luther was doing his reformation of the church. He was upset that Santa was the main person of Christmas, (over shadowing Jesus). Knowing better than to get rid of the well known gift bringer, He said Santa accompanies the christ child (Christkindl in German). Christkindl became known as Kriss Kingle.