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Spreading Joy as Mrs. Claus: Loretta's Story

For the last seven years, Loretta, age 88, has lived on her own since her husband passed away. To keep busy she stays involved with her church community, sells Avon, and has dressed up as Mrs. Claus at the Imperial Beach Pier for the past 17 years. She loves children but never had any of her own. “That’s why God made me Mrs. Santa Claus. Kids say “Hi, Mrs. Claus all year long.”  

During the pandemic, Loretta became worried about venturing out and managing on her own. She was grateful that one thing she never worried about was being hungry. “The meals really help me. I don’t have to cook, I don’t have to go shopping, and that’s a huge relief for me being a widow and living alone.” 

As things were closed last holiday season, Loretta is looking forward to being Mrs. Claus again this year and giving back to the community she loves. She credits Serving Seniors for sustaining her and is beyond grateful to the staff at St. Charles for checking in on her during the long months. “In my prayer every day I thank Serving Seniors for all the volunteers, for all the people that provide our meals and to whoever donates. The meals have been a real blessing to everyone that receives them.” 

To give a Miracle in a Meal this holiday season, visit servingseniors.org/donate.

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