A new blanket and a week's worth of soup may not sound like the perfect holiday gift, but it's a godsend for hundreds of seniors in Watsonville and Santa Cruz.
The owners of Swingtime Cafe started the Season of Sharing Senior Gift Program eight years ago by making 20 care packages for seniors. This year, they hope to give 800.
"We rely sole on the generosity of our community and we need to get the word out to as many people as possible," Peggy Triplitt, 61, said in an email to Patch. She and Antonette Wood, 53, own the cafe and organize the charity drive.
The women collect throw blankets, toothbrush, toothpaste, bars of soap and one week's supply of canned soup through Dec. 19. Then the ladies start packaging the gifts and deliver everything by Dec. 21.
Swingtime Cafe, also known for the community Thanksgiving dinner it puts on with assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank, will be closed to customers during the charity drive but the Triplitt and Wood will be there to accept donations.