Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is spearheading a drive to provide warm clothing to area senior citizens.

“This is our third year, our third annual ‘Giving Warmth’ clothing drive for senior citizens,” said Liz Elizalde de Calderon, Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administrator. Elizalde de Calderon is also an elected member of the Del Rio City Council.

“At this time of year, we have a lot of toy drives for our children, we have coat drives for children, and being that I work with senior citizens here at the facility and out in the community, I see the need,” Elizalde de Calderon said.

She noted the nursing and rehabilitation center partners with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Catholic Church and once a month assists society members with food distribution and other events.

“It’s the same people we see, when we go provide education programs at the San Jose (Housing Projects) or at the Roswell Apartments, and I saw the need for us to reach out. The first year, we had a couple of community partners, and we still have some of those partners,” she said.

Del Rioans are being asked to donate hats, coats, gloves, scarfs and sweaters in adult sizes for the drive.

“Whether they’re gently used or new, we are asking people to give to our senior citizens,” Elizalde de Calderon said.

She noted this segment of the population is often forgotten, especially during the busy holiday season.

“Studies show that group is usually overlooked, and it’s important that we address that and ensure every member of our community is looked after,” she said.

Clothing for the “Giving Warmth” program will be accepted through Dec. 17 and may be dropped off in boxes at the following locations: Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 100 Hermann Drive; Border Federal Credit Union, 2211 N. Bedell Ave. and 600 E. Gibbs St.; City of Del Rio, 109 W. Broadway St.; Texas Community bank, 2411 Veterans Blvd. and 401 Pecan St.; Ramada Inn, 2101 Veterans Blvd.; Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, 1915 Veterans Blvd.; and Knights of Columbus San Felipe Council 2687, 3804 U.S. Highway 90 East.

Elizalde de Calderon said the winter clothing collected will be distributed during a Dec. 18 event at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Elizalde de Calderon has been the administrator of Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for about two years. She said the center typically has between 65 and 70 residents.

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