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So Many Reasons to be Thankful ...
And for Volunteers Most of All ...
Volunteer Manager Georgia Afton

Dear Wonderful  Holiday Volunteers,

"WOW" is the word my friends utter when they learn about the tremendous outpouring of volunteer support that makes the holidays here at LBFE so special. Each of you who is joining us to bring companionship and happiness into our elders' lives this Thanksgiving and Christmas are part of  the "Wow factor" behind the holidays LBFE-style, and we want you to know that we are so very grateful to each and every one of you.

We also want you to know that if you are volunteering on either holiday, you can expect to hear from us with your assignment details a week ahead of the event, so stay tuned to your e-mail.

Not signed up yet? Don't worry, there's still time to volunteer for December 25, just click here to sign up for Christmas opportunities.

We also have a few extra wonderful "get-into-the-holiday-spirit" opportunities for you to check out:

Help us Deliver the Gift of Love - gift bags and gift cards needed
Gift Wrap Volunteers Needed - Barnes & Noble fundraiser
Elder Day Dreams - Bird-loving elders make a special request
Out and About Town - Gutherie tickets available

Please also check out our events calendar. Drivers wanted for these events!

With sincere thanks for lending your holiday spirit to our efforts to relieve elder loneliness and isolation over the holidays,

Georgia and all of us at LBFE
loveHelp us Deliver the Gift of Love   

Gifts for our elders are starting to pour in, and we could sure use some holiday elves to help us out.

First of all, we need donations of medium and large gift bags.

Gift cards in $5, $10 and $20 denominations for stocking stuffers would also be much-appreciated.

Secondly, we need gift delivery help starting the week of December 14 and going right through the holidays. Delivery dates and times are entirely flexible to suit your schedule.

Finally, we would love us help some
decorating our community room for the holidays. We have decorations on site and would like decorations in place by December 4.

If can donate gift bags or gift cards or would enjoy delivering holiday presents and smiles to our elders, please call Sandy O'Donnell at  612-746-0724 or e-mail her at

If you'd like to help decorate the community room, please contact Georgia at, or call her at 612.746.0732.
WrapGift Wrap Volunteers Needed
Barnes & Noble Fundraiser for LBFE 

If you enjoy working with scissors, bows and wrapping paper and would like to help raise money for LBFE, please lend us your skills for a gift-wrapping event on:

Monday, December 21st 12-4pm
Tuesday, December 22nd 4-8pm
Barnes & Noble
801 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Volunteer extraordinaire Kris Jones will be leading our gift wrapping team on each day and has offered to shuttle folks from LBFE's 1845 East Lake Street Minneapolis office to Barnes and Noble and back again.

If you would like a ride to Barnes and Noble, please plan on arriving at LBFE a half hour ahead of the start time for your gift-wrapping shift (i.e. at 11.30 on December 21 or 3.30 on December 22). 

If you're ready to wrap with us, please contact Kris at or 612.321.9321 with your shift preference. Also, please let her know if you will be requiring a ride. Thank you!
From the Desk of Program Manager Christina Fairbanks

Elder Day Dreams offers simple, creative one-time opportunities for volunteers to treat elders and turn simple dreams into reality.

Three wonderful elders I visit all have one thing in common: They are avid bird watchers, and all three would love to have bird seed to keep their companions happy and plump over the winter. All three ladies live in the Highland Park area of St. Paul and all have multiple feeders in their yards.

Ruth is 98 and a nature lover! She credits her age to exercise. She and her late husband were an outdoors couple and loved to going camping, skating, hiking. During my last visit we sat on Ruth's patio and watched the birds flock around the feeders. Her favorites are the yellow chickadees, and she's even partial to the squirrels.

Kay, who lives not far away, is always keeping tabs on the squirrels, birds, and other wildlife passing through her yard, which she likes to make extra inviting for her feathered friends adding birdbaths to the feeders in her yard. Unlike Ruth, she is not a fan of thieving squirrels, however!

Helen has a number of feeders in her backyard, too, and loves to watch the parade of squirrels, birds, rabbits, and chipmunks that keep  us entertained when I visit her. She always laughs at how fast the critters run and loves to watch the birds take wing.

Program Manager

Christina Fairbanks

I would love to hear from you if you'd like to help fulfill Ruth, Kay and Helen's Elder Day Dream to keep their feathered friends plump this winter.

Please contact me at 612.746.0746 or at

P.S. I'm sure Ruth or Kay or Helen would  love to meet you if you'd like to do a bird-seed run to one of their homes with me! 
Please be aware, LBFE cannot issue in-kind donation receipts to volunteers for costs associated with Elder Dreams. Thank you

townOut and About Town

Thanks to volunteer Rick G., we have a wonderful upcoming Out and About Town offering of two Gutherie Theatre tickets.

If you would like to take an elder to the Gutherie, or learn about other Out and About Town opportunities, please contact Georgia at 612.746.0732 or at
November and December

To sign up for the opportunities below, please contact Georgia Afton at or 612.746.0732, unless otherwise noted.


Birthday Lunch at the Blake School
Wednesday, November 18, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
The Blake School, 511 Kenwood Parkway,
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cards, Crafts & Coffee at LBFE
 Thursday, November 19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
1845 East Lake Street, Mpls. MN 55407

Friendship and Flowers
Saturday, November 21, Flower pick-up 9 -11 a.m.
Pick-up from:
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale St N, St Paul 55103

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Prom Center
Thursday, November 26 (time varies with opportunities)
The Prom Center, 484 Inwood Drive,
Oakdale, MN 55128


Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, December 1, 6:15 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Dave Jones Presentation: Apollo Landing
Wednesday, December 2, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave. E, St Paul, MN 55106  

McGough Construction Christmas Tea
Thursday, December 3, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Let's Do Lunch Holiday Party!
A monthly social event for LGBT seniors 
Friday, December 4, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Volunteer Orientation
Sunday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tuesday, December 8, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Chruch
215 S 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

December Birthday Lunch - Farnam Street Financial
Wednesday, December 9, Noon - 2 p.m.
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Cards, Crafts and Coffee 
Thursday, December 17, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. 
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Friendship and Flowers
Saturday, December 19, Flower pick-up 9-11 a.m.
Pick-up from:
LBFE, 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale St N, St Paul 55103

Christmas Day Celebration
Friday, December 25, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
St. Mary's University, 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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