Volunteers needed to spread holiday cheer to people living with MS

Volunteers needed to spread holiday cheer to people living with MS

By: Christine Grontkowski

Topics: charity, donations, holiday, multiple sclerosis, volunteers
Posted by c_losa Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 13:16
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Bakersfield – Are you looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community this holiday season?  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter is looking for volunteers and/or donations to make gift baskets for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) involved in the Caring Connection program.


As often as possible, through the Caring Connection program, volunteers visit people with MS who are living in a licensed care facility, or are homebound and unable to go out into the community.  This friendly-visitor program helps provide a connection to the outside world, emotional support, companionship and social interaction.


During the holiday season, the National MS Society tries to do even more, by delivering gift baskets to this group.  They request items as small as chapstick and lotion, to DVDs, large print books, holiday decorations and personal hygiene products.  The most popular request on the 2012 wish lists: chocolate.  “I think the baskets are very important because so many people living with MS are isolated.  Some do not have a holiday at all,” explains Chapter trustee Lisa Karpe.  “No gift is too small.”


If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a person with MS by creating or assembling a gift basket, or if you would like to donate any products, please contact Christine Grontkowski by calling the Kern County office at 661.321.9512, or by emailing christine.grontkowski@nmss.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

·         Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 

·         Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer toward a world free of MS. 

·         Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. 

·         MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

·         The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. 

·         Through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. 

·         The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.  We are people who want to do something about MS now.  Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.