Monkey Toy Project - Los Altos Senior Center
RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties
The Los Altos Recreation Department strives to enrich community members through active participation in life-long learning, health and wellness, community involvement and recreational activities.
Volunteers gather at the Los Altos Senior Center on Mondays to create the stuffed monkey toys, which are made from red-heeled work socks, nylon hose, yarn and red ribbons.
Over the past four decades, volunteers have created about 12,000 sock monkey toys, which have become widely recognized and loved by Packard Children's patients and their families.
The toys have never been sold but instead are given as gifts to young patients who need a little extra TLC while staying at the hospital.
Every month, the sock monkeys are picked up at the Los Altos Senior Center and distributed to patients at Lucelle Packard Hospital.
About RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties
Mills Peninsula Senior Focus, 1720 El Camino Real, Ste 10, Burlingame, CA 94010, US
RSVP is a nationwide network of experienced adults who contribute their time and talents to important programs that strengthen their communities. RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties is sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services. RSVP is administered by the Corporation for National & Community Service, the federal agency that supports service and volunteering programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. We serve all of San Mateo County and the cities of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View. Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills in Santa Clara County.
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RSVP provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community problems and offers supplemental insurance while on duty, pre-service orientation, and on-the-job training from the agency or organization where volunteers are placed.