Poway Gives Back: Free Food, Socks & Smiles

In this week's column, we look at Thanksgiving dinners, gifts for seniors and a simple way to spread smiles around town.


You can enjoy all of the great tastes of Thanksgiving even if you aren't able to cook them yourself. Here are just two of the possibilities available this week.

The North County Inland Center is holding a Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday at Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Rd. The fun begins at 11 a.m. with themed entertainment, followed by a full Thanksgiving meal at noon. Cost is $4. Call 858-674-1123.

Turkey and all the trimmings will be served on Thanksgiving Day at the Poway VFW Post 7907, located at 12342 Old Pomerado Rd. Free-will donations will be appreciated. Doors open at 1 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Call 858-748-7907.

2- FUR- 1

Congratulations to the Escondido Humane Society, which found homes for 1,058 animals during the ASPCA $100K challenge that ended Oct. 31. The society finished 37th nationwide and fifth in our region. Although they didn't win $100,000 from Rachael Ray, more than 1,000 adopted pets are the big winners.

It's 2-fur-1 in November. Adopt a cat or kitten for just $25 during the month and receive a second free! The shelter is at 3450 East Valley Pkwy. in Escondido and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 760-888-BARK (2275).


If you drive and have extra time in your day, Rides and Smiles needs your volunteer help transporting seniors to medical appointments, visiting a spouse in a nursing home, attending a religious service or a class or running an errand. If they are able to recruit 28 more drivers by the end of the year they will have reached their goal of 100 new volunteer drivers this year.

They typically get 1,000 requests per month, 250 per week in this area. The program started in 2002 in the inland corridor and has spread to La Jolla/UT and the College Area. Rides average 10 miles round trip. Drivers are given mileage reimbursement and secondary insurance. To volunteer as a driver call 858-637-3051.


The annual Socks For Seniors sock drive is on until Dec. 23. The non-profit community service project helps seniors in local area nursing home facilities keep their feet warm and get an uplift in holiday spirit. It is reported that they prefer the funnier, funky holiday styles over regular tube socks. This nationwide program began in 2002, with community organizations sponsoring sock hops and becoming involved in distribution. There are currently no collection locations in Poway and your family, church, work or social group can be a big help. Sign up to help or register your nursing facility to be a sock recipient at socksforseniors.com.

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