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Thanksgiving is a time of joyful celebration and also a time of reflection. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many find themselves reflecting with gratitude on  all of the blessings in their lives. While making your holiday plans and reflecting on all you have to be thankful for, this is also a good time to think about those who may be struggling and ask yourself whether you can be of assistance to your elderly neighbors who are in need.

For many seniors, Thanksgiving and the following holiday season can often be a difficult time. Reminders of loved ones lost, lack of family gatherings or the inability to shop or prepare a meal can lead to depression and isolation.

We are making plans to once again feed those seniors in our community who might otherwise go hungry on Thanksgiving.  I am reaching out to ask for your financial assistance to make this important work possible. At a time when many people are focused on giving thanks, others are feeling the pain of need. Your gift of $25, $50 or $100 can help ease this pain.

Your gift will help Marjorie. At 99 years young, Marjorie has been a Spectrum client for over 10 years. “I can’t cook anymore. Thank god for Spectrum because my caregiver is only with me for three days, so the meals keep me nourished.”

In order to stay in her home and age in place with dignity and independence, Majorie needed more help.  During the pandemic, she  transitioned to online and home delivered meals as well as qualified for the the following Spectrum programs and services:

  • As a Weatherization client, Majorie received a new furnace that she reports is “keeping my home warm with a nice soft heat.”
  • “I have chair lifts that need electricity to work, so the help with my PG&E bill (through Spectrum’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) made it possible for me to stay in my home.”

Last year, we distributed 610 Thanksgiving meals, with a meal cost of $8,235 and both numbers are expected to increase this year due to inflation and need.  Seniors like Marjorie rely on generous donations from caring people like you to receive this important service.

This where you can help! I am asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation of $25, $50 or $100 to provide Thanksgiving meals for seniors who would not otherwise be celebrating the holiday with a hot meal. Donating is easy. You can contribute online at or by sending a check in the envelope provided.

All funds received will go directly to support senior services in Alameda County. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to make a conscious decision to help your neighbors who have no other place to go on November 24th and are relying on you!

Seniors like Marjorie, say they are thankful for your help in keeping healthy meals available not only on Thanksgiving, but every day. Food is an essential part of your day and a joy, when made and delivered with the love and care that your donation makes possible.

Go online today at or send a check in the

enclosed remittance envelope. There is no better way to

celebrate Thanksgiving than to make a conscious decision to

help your neighbors who are in need.


Kris Kokotaylo

President, Spectrum Board of Directors

PS - Make your donation by Dec. 31st to ensure deductibility on

your 2022 taxes. Consult your tax advisor for more information.