Tesar: Pandemic makes it easier to volunteer in Sun City


Before the COVID-19 pandemic I volunteered at a church thrift store and another non-profit thrift store.

I’ve been sending handwritten letters to our military service members since November 2000 when I was bedridden over five years. Now I have more time to send more Arizona sunshine support to them. I have sent them to “Operation Gratitude,” which is online this year.

I have crocheted some cotton kitchen wash cloths, which I donated to Valley View Community Food Bank. Katie told me she planned to give them out for Mother’s Day, and would use more also.

Whenever I go through a drive-thru, I give them a card, either homemade or regular that is blank. They can then send some cheer forward to someone else. I encourage snail mail in this technological age of digital texting, emailing, etc.

I have been crocheting winter scarves for next winter to distribute to some non-profit agency. Last winter I gave some out to the homeless with our church’s (All Saints of the Desert Episcopal) ministry. I have 27 scarves crocheted so far. Our son lives in Washington state. I’m possibly thinking they could be used more effectively there or in Illinois, where my siblings and mother live.

There are many organizations that could use your help at this time — Lions Club (used eyeglasses), Maggie’s Place (online), International Rescue Committee (online), etc.

We can all work together to make this pandemic world a little brighter!

P.S. Also, supporting our local restaurants by ordering take out and giving a decent tip for those who could use it at this time.