During the holiday season, many people feel like giving to their favorite charities. Generous giving is encouraged, but we want you to give wisely. Before you give anything to a charity, perform your due diligence.
• Never give payment information to anyone calling you.
• Ask the charity to send you printed material via mail. If the material does not contain details on exactly how the money is used and the percent of donations which actually reach the given cause, do not contribute.
• Don’t give in to pressure or hard sell tactics and if the charity representative pressures you to give money immediately or as soon as possible, this is reason to be suspicious.
• Avoid all charities that use a “pitch” filled with a significant amount of emotional words and/or images.
• Be especially cautious when there are natural or other disasters. Fraudulent charities take advantage of those situations to trick people who want to help the victims.
Before you give, check here first:
1. www.checkthecharity.com is a public-private partnership to promote Colorado charities and to inform and protect donors.
2. www.give.org is a site hosted by the BBB where you can review all aspects of a charity.
The best way to avoid charity fraud is to decide in advance (while you’re doing your annual or monthly budget) which charities you’ll support and contact them. Then you can gracefully turn down anyone else who comes your way with hat in hand.
Recognize, refuse, report. AARP ElderWatch is here to help. Call Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The trained staff is here to listen and guide. Call (800) 222-4444 or go to www.aarpelderwatch.org.
Information from ElderWatch-Colorado Attorney General’s Office and AARP.
United Way helps seniors
Awesome news: the dining gift certificates are available again!? Twenty dollars will get you a gift certificate/stocking stuffer to one of the following participating restaurants.
Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates?? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use one instead of cash? Four dollars will be donated by the restaurant to United Way, at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate (now, how easy is that?).
The Senior Center receives funding from United Way.? And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until April 30, 2012.
Here are the restaurants:
A Chivalrous Shark.
Alley House Grille.
Bacci Italian Restaurant.
Bear Creek Saloon and Grill.
Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon.
Boulder Coffee Cafe.
Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar.
Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant.
Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern.
Farrago Market Cafe.
Higher Grounds Coffee Company.
Kip’s Grill and Cantina.
Pagosa Baking Company.
Pagosa Brewing and Grill.
Pagosa Peaks Pizza.
Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant.
San Juan Road House.
Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant.
The Pines Restaurant at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.
For more information, call me at 264-2167.
Thank you to Bernice Orton for donating a huge bag full of yarn to our Stitchin in the Kitchen group and the free shelf. Look out projects, here we come!
Grief comes in different forms. Losing a loved one can make us feel like our world has turned upside down. The holidays can add to that feeling.
You are invited to a gathering to learn and share ideas for connecting with the holidays in a way that you feel most comfortable.
Hospice of Mercy staff will share some practical tips, some meaningful ritual and guidance for those in need in difficult times. We look forward to you joining us on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m., at the Senior Center. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to 764-3532 or 264-2167.
Do you know what the benefits of walking are?
• Thirty minutes of brisk walking (or any moderately intense activity) is a terrific antidepressant.
• It lowers your blood pressure — good news for the 89 percent of Americans with high BP.
• It helps with type 2 diabetes.
• It decreases breast cancer risk by 30 percent and increases survival rate from a heart attack by 80 percent.
Enjoy walking on an even surface in the warm gym of the Ross Aragon Community Center and meet your goals of a better life, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Excerpts from “Take Short Walks to Live Longer,” Real Age.com, by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go; available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.
Home meal delivery
Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home delivery program is available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. For those living further out of town you may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Friday, Dec. 9 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.
Monday, Dec. 12 — 11:45 a.m. Seeds of Learning performance; 12:30 Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 — 10 a.m. Chair Massage; 11:45 a.m. Seeds of Learning performance; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 — 2-4 p.m. Holiday Help Grief Support.
Thursday, Dec. 15 — Closed for administrative day.
Friday, Dec. 16 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 11 a.m. ASI Holiday Party; 12:30 p.m. Bring a Gift, Get a Gift; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.
This week’s menu
Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 — Lemon baked fish, oven browned potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, whole wheat roll, vanilla ice cream with banana and strawberries.
Monday, Dec. 12 — Chicken Alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole wheat bread, salad, winter fruit salad.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 — Beef enchilada, refried beans, marinated garden salad, apricots, salsa.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 — Chicken fajita, lettuce and tomato, cilantro rice, grapes, cooked cabbage with red peppers.
Thursday, Dec. 15 — Closed, administrative day.
Friday, Dec. 16 — Tuna salad wrap, whole grain tortilla, lettuce and tomato, tomato soup, hard boiled egg, ambrosia fruit.