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‘Cheer’-ful Barbour delivers joy to the homebound

Julie Carrara
Special to The Union

Judi Barbour, a volunteer at the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, organizes an event every year called Holiday Cheer.

She seeks donations and organizes volunteers to distribute holiday gift bags to homebound seniors in western Nevada County. Gifts include homemade quilts and blankets, hats and scarves, and all kinds of goodies including plates of homemade cookies.

Her group of volunteers assembled the gifts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and, earlier this month, about 25 volunteer drivers delivered the packages to about 140 seniors all over western Nevada County.

It is quite an undertaking.

The program was started by the Senior Outreach Nurses program of the Nevada County Health Department, Barbour said.

They “had been doing it themselves, and it got to be too much,” Barbour said. “They requested a volunteer from RSVP … and that’s how I got involved.”

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She has been working with Senior Outreach Nurses since 1999. The program this year provided a list of nearly 150 seniors who continue to live in their homes but are isolated, Barbour said. They were able to deliver gifts to most of the seniors on the list.

In addition, Barbour volunteers at the Nevada County Library system.

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Julie Carrara is the RSVP volunteer coordinator.

The groups that donated items to this year’s gift bags are:

• Girl Scout Groups 23, 185, 547. 538, 750, 1174 and 1993

• Job’s Daughters

• The youth at juvenile hall

• Area 4 Agency on Aging

• Blood Source, staff and volunteers

• Cancer Aid Thrift Shop

• Food Bank of Nevada County

• Grass Valley Red Hat Crafters

• Interfaith Food Ministry

• Knotty Knitters

• Magnetic Personalities

• Nevada Women’s Civic Club

• Petco

• Pine Tree Quilt Guild

• RSVP/HelpLine staff & volunteers

• Sew Sew Putters of Alta Sierra

• Sierra Center for Positive Living

• Sierra Seniors

• Many caring individuals

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