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Lunar New Year Senior Abuse Prevention Initiative kick off

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:16 PST, Fri February 16, 2024


A group of volunteers delivered 150 care packages containing daily necessities and food to the isolated seniors in the community in Richmond to celebrate the Chinese New Year with them.

February 16 is the seventh day of the lunar calendar, commonly known as People's Day. For the first time in Richmond, the nonprofit organization Chinese Community Response Network (Chinese CRN), together with other community service agencies, launched the “Chinese New Year Warmth & Caring Action". A simple kickoff ceremony was held at the Richmond South Centre MLA Henry Yao's Community Hub and the community partners and volunteers went to low-income retirement communities and care homes to distribute care packages.

The care packages contain  to facilitate the elderly to obtain the latest community information and use sustainable community resources. The organizer hopes that the collaborative action lets  lonely seniors  feel the care of the community during the Chinese New Year and enjoy the gifts with joy.

Sharon Johnson, representative of the British Columbia Community Response Network (BCCRN), delivered a speech at the launch ceremony and said that since the beginning of last year, more and more seniors have been living in poverty under the pressure of inflation, and the community needs to respond to the elderly with more timely care. Immediate needs; Daisy Au, coordinator of the Chinese CRN, pointed out that more seniors are being financially exploited by relatives and friends. The calls for help received by Seniors First BC last year were also soaring.

A number of volunteers, with the support of representatives from MOSAIC, SUCCESS, CHIMO and ISS of BC, held a New Year celebration event at the Austin Harris Residence, and paid tribute to isolated seniors living in Greater Vancouver  with 150 care gift packages.

The non-profit organization Chinese CRN's “Chinese New Year Warmth & Caring Action" has been held for many years. In the past, it was carried out in the Vancouver area. This year is the first time to focus on sending care gift packages to the lonely, isolated seniors  in Richmond,

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