If there was ever a time to support our beloved Respecting Our Elders food program, this is it.

Our van is down and we are raising funds to cover the cost of a new (used) engine, installing the engine and getting the van on the road as quickly as possible. We also need funds to cover the UHaul van we are renting and to continue essential operations.

This is a special and urgent request for your immediate action and support.

As you may know, the 2011 Kia van is used seven days a week to distribute food to the severely underserved low-income elderly and others in Marin County. After two years and 160,000 miles, the engine gave way.

To get the van going again, we need to raise $5000 over and above our usual expenses. This will cover the cost of a (used) engine, other miscellaneous parts and labor.

You may be one of the approximately 1500 recipients or chances are you know someone who depends on the food from Respecting Our Elders to make ends meet each week.

If ROE means something to you, then please make a 100% tax-deductible donation today http://bit.ly/roe-van-fund. And, because of the unexpected situation, we’re asking you to make a one-time donation now even greater than you might normally make.

As the fates would have it, Thanksgiving is this week, officially opening up the Season of Giving. All of us who are so thankful for Respecting Our Elders have an opportunity to make it a way better Thanksgiving for this all-volunteer organization.

TWO actions you can take NOW to support Respecting Our Elders:

1. Make a generous donation now. CLICK HERE:




2. Join the fundraising campaign and raise money from people in your life. (Contact Debra Price Van Cleave, Respecting Our Elders board member.)

On behalf of myself and my husband, Curt Kinkead and the rest of the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you in advance for your generous understanding and support at this urgent time.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season.