Joan’s Journey: Senior Living Celebrates Earth Day with Spring Cleaning Donations

Sunshine with blue skies, mild temperatures, white beaches and the scent of fresh Pacific Ocean air abounds for seniors living at Holiday Villa East (HVE) in Santa Monica. The theme for this year’s Earth Day, which falls on April 22, is “It’s Our Time to Lead,” and Earth Day is the perfect opportunity at HVE to appreciate and celebrate our environment.

Joan's Journey April Teaser ImageIn the past Earth Day wasn’t an event I identified with or marked on my calendar. This year, however, is paying tribute to our earth with a series of blogs highlighting socially responsible green and sustainable practices at senior living communities. Joan’s Journey will explore such practices at HVE in an upcoming April post.

Throughout April a large, decorated container will sit in the north living room, and residents, staff and visitors are encouraged to spring clean and donate unwanted clothes and items. On Earth Day the collection will be given to our neighborhood GoodWill Industries Thrift Shop where many of our residents walk to and shop.

Earth Day, or Mother Earth Day as the 45-year-old celebration is called in many countries, started in 1970 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The worldwide day, week and monthly activities spreads the awareness that we humans are the shepherds of our planet. Annually Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries with events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Sponsored by Earth Day Network, a consortium of 22,000 organizations worldwide, events are held to educate and inspire individuals, businesses and governments to take immediate action to end extreme poverty and address climate change.

Journeyer’s, by participating, YOU and your contributions are making our Earth a better place to live. In the comment box below, and I invite you to share your thoughts and experiences in practicing sustainability. Until the next Joan’s Journey, enjoy the trip day by day.

Joan London is a freelance medical and social service writer who specializes in topics on aging. London moved from Maryland to California to enjoy life in a senior living community and enhance her quality of life by living closer to her children and grandchildren

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