The San Diego Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol is sharing holiday cheer by delivering festive gift baskets to senior citizens enrolled in the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.

Participants in the YANA program receive daily phone calls and a weekly visit from a Senior Volunteer Patrol member for the entire year, according to a media report.

“Well, today we put together about 11 baskets of deliveries,” said Marie Allin, a senior volunteer patrol in the program.

“We’re going out and checking on them to make sure they’re alright, that they’re eating properly, that they haven’t fallen and hurt themselves or gotten sick, and just to let them know someone cares about them enough to check on them,” said Allin.

“The You Are Not Alone program is a free service with the Sheriff’s department and we would love everyone to be in it that needs our help.”

If those seniors enrolled in YANA do not answer their phone, the sheriff’s department conducts a welfare check to make sure that everything’s alright.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s a wonderful thing and I don’t know if all seniors know about it  but I talk a lot about it to different people,” said Ron, a senior citizen enrolled in the program.

The Sheriff’s department said that YANA is free for seniors living alone and people with disabilities living within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone meeting these requirements can enroll at (858) 565-5200, or those who wish to volunteer can visit sdsheriff.net/volunteers.

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