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Neighbors Giving Back

Over 200 ornaments were made for the senior holiday gift bags and delivered to Redondo Plaza, Edgewater Skilled Nursing Center, Lutheran Towers. and Safe Refuge. Thank you to the local businesses and neighbors who participated in designing ornaments for the older adults living in our neighborhood. Rose Park Neighborhood Association hosted 3 “Giving Table” ornament-making sessions at Envy Studio, The Good Bar, and Winter Wonderland at Orizaba Park. Participants used mosaic, glitter, washi tape, markers, beads, and other creative materials to design the ornaments.

This collaboration is a holiday project known as Operation Holiday Hearts,” which provides holiday gift bags of personal care packages to bring hope and joy to seniors during the holiday season. Dedicated volunteers from the Heart of Ida filled the senior holiday gift bags (pictured below) with self-care items, word games, reading materials, and more! Heart of Ida is a local nonprofit that supports Long Beach seniors in need with programs and services that sustain independence and connection within their community.


Neighbors give back at The Good Bar at 3316 E7th Street
The Winter Wonderland “Giving Table” at Orizaba Park was filled with thoughtful and creative designs from participants


Gold holiday bags bring out the beauty of the holiday ornaments. Holiday gift bags provided by Heart of Ida
Staff of Redondo Plaza take holiday bags to residents
Staff receive holiday bags for their residents at Edgewater Skilled Nursing Center
Lutheran Towers staff gather around the tree surrounded by holiday gift bags for seniors

We wish you a happy, safe and healthy holiday and hope to see you in the neighborhood in 2024. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at info@rpna.org or DM us on Instagram @roseparklb. We have art, neighborhood clean ups, safety initiatives and more in store!


Holiday gift bags with Heart of Ida Age Well Magazine and Rose Park Neighborhood Directory
Angie Slaughter, Administrator of Redondo Plaza and Gretchen Swanson of Rose Park Neighborhood Association

Over 250 holiday gift bags were delivered to neighborhood seniors this year with the assistance of long-time nonprofit partner, Heart of Ida. Heart of Ida filled the gift bags with hygiene items, notebooks, resources and Rose Park Neighborhood Association decorated and delivered the bags adorned with a community made ornament! Thank you to all of our community members who created an ornament for our neighborhood seniors this year!

(Pictured left to right: Gretchen Swanson of Rose Park Neighborhood Association and Byron Duffy, Activities Director of Edgewater Skilled Nursing Center)
Wendy Melgar, Resident Service Coordinator of Lutheran Towers