Friday Nov 18 2011
Puppy love comes to Rock Creek Care Center
Assistance League’s ‘Angels’ bring joy to Auburn senior citizens
The holidays will shine a little brighter when the Assistance League of Greater Placer’s “Angels” visit residents at Rock Creek Care Center in Auburn. The angels are Assistance League of Greater Placer members who belong to the “Angels for Aging” committee that visits the facility on a regular basis. There are 14 members who visit about 23 residents. Some of these residents are alone and welcome these visitors with open arms. Krisanne Burge, a member, and her dog, Toby, recently visited and elicited some emotional comments. One gentleman told her as he petted Toby that, “The world would be a terrible place without dogs.” His dogs had been taken away from him when he moved to the center. Another resident held Toby on her lap and after petting him for a few minutes said, “I feel better already.” The residents visit with other dogs that also come with their owners on a regular basis. “Angels for Aging” is an outreach program that purchases gifts and cards for the residents. This program targets the elderly who have no family. Those residents who are referred by the care center are remembered on birthdays, holidays and throughout the year. Funds for Angels for Aging and other philanthropic programs are generated from fundraisers, donations and money generated from the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 1263 Grass Valley Highway, in the Fiddler Green Plaza in Auburn. The vision statement of of Assistance League of Greater Placer is “to see an improvement in the lives of the members of our community through our gifts of time, skills, supplies and moral support.” Visit www.greaterplacer.assistanceleague.org for information.