Assistance League of Bend provides complimentary personal care items to seniors in seventeen long-term memory care and assisted living facilities throughout Deschutes County, including eleven in Bend, one in La Pine, four in Redmond and one in Sisters. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, and other hygiene products are delivered four times each year. Since the recipients are all on Medicaid, many of these items are truly welcomed and are often a luxury.


Assistance League of Bend also provides holiday gift bags for seniors at these same long-term care facilities. Every October, request forms are sent out to each facility asking for personalized gift ideas. Gift requests include items such as lap blankets, sheets, towels, sweaters, puzzles, books, etc. In November, the individual request forms are distributed to our members and to the community. This past year, four community organizations/companies stepped in to help, as well as an increased number of individual community volunteers. We are now averaging over 370 requests each year and we truly appreciate our member and community support! The personalized gift bags are delivered to all of the facilities in time for the holidays.


Recognizing that seniors in these same facilities can often feel lonely and isolated, Assistance League of Bend provides detailed handmade cards, designed and created by our members. These custom cards include handwritten messages and are delivered year-round depending on the season. In our last fiscal year, over 560 personalized cards were distributed.