FALL 2022
VISTE’s mission is to enable elderly persons to remain
safely and independently in their own homes.
VISTE’s 26th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
Join us for VISTE’s 26th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery and help brighten the holidays for seniors in need! This family-friendly event is a local tradition and helps kick off the holiday season. There are numerous ways to participate and to help! Prior to the event we hold the Green Bean Snap and “Operation Cranberry.”

On the morning of the event, volunteers prep and pack Thanksgiving meals at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. In the afternoon, hundreds of volunteer drivers pick up the meals and other treats (using convenient drive-through lanes) and deliver 2,000 Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings, a live poinsettia, and other treats to grateful VISTE clients.

THANK YOU to everyone who helps make this annual event a success, including volunteers, community and service groups, local businesses, and individual supporters – we couldn’t do it without YOU! Special thanks to our Thanksgiving event sponsors: GEICO, T. Mims Corp., and Mosaic.

Please note: All volunteers must pre-register to deliver meals. More details can be found throughout the current newsletter, or by contacting Patty Johnson, Volunteer & Events Manager, at Patty@viste.org or (863) 210-5593. Thank you!
This year, two VISTE programs will provide much-needed food and other items for local seniors in need, as well as a cheerful visit by a volunteer.
Thanksgiving Meals
With All the Trimmings
Volunteers will deliver Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings, plus a beautiful live poinsettia to seniors. The cost for a Thanksgiving meal
is $15.
Holiday Personal
Care Boxes
Every December VISTE volunteers pack and deliver 400 boxes filled to the brim with personal care items for seniors in need. The cost for each box is $25.
Please consider covering the cost of one or more Thanksgiving meals and/or Holiday Personal Care Boxes. Donating is easy! Just click on the DONATE button below to send holiday love to a local senior in need. You can support Thanksgiving meals, Holiday Personal Care boxes, or both! THANK YOU!!
Thanksgiving Gratitude from a VISTE Client
by Lisa Marquette, Development Director
At this special time of year, we are grateful for what we’ve been given – but more importantly, let us share gratitude with others in our community who may be struggling and let them know we care. The Thanksgiving meal our volunteers deliver may be the only holiday meal a client receives, and our volunteers may be the only ones who visit. Click on the client testimonial to hear sincere appreciation – and thank you for supporting VISTE’s mission!
President’s Message
By Steve Bissonnette

Fall is a time of thanksgiving, and we want to take this opportunity to express gratitude for your ongoing compassion, care, and generosity toward our elderly neighbors in need. That is particularly true this fall as we prepare to celebrate VISTE’s 40th Anniversary!

VISTE was founded in 1983 by a small group of volunteers in . . .
Share the Joy of Giving!
By Patty Johnson, Volunteer
& Events Manager
Happy Fall! Volunteers are busy coordinating deliveries for Thanksgiving meals, personal care boxes, and Christmas gifts for VISTE clients this season! Delivery opportunities abound at this time of year – a great time to invite a neighbor or friend to ride along and share the joy of giving, and have fun doing it. Thank you for making these programs possible, and Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!
Volunteer Program Opportunities
Volunteers Needed! Thanksgiving Meal Delivery – Nov 23.
Thanksgiving Meal Delivery volunteers needed! Volunteer with family, friends, or colleagues. Drivers must register by 11/15 to deliver meals.

Green Bean Snap – Nov. 21.
RSVP by emailing Patty@viste.org.

Operation Cranberry Donations – Now through 11/15. Drop off 14 oz. cans of cranberry sauce at VISTE, M-F, 8am-4pm.
VISTE Board Reunion 2022!
VISTE kicked off its 40th Anniversary celebrations with a Board Reunion event! VISTE is thriving, thanks to the dedication of our Board members and key leadership, volunteers, supporters, and staff. A Board Reunion photo gallery will be posted on our website at viste.org soon. Special thanks to our 40th Anniversary legacy sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, T. Mims Corp., GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, Citizens Bank & Trust, and Victory Church. Also, join us for VISTE’s 40th Anniversary public kickoff at VISTEBall 2023!
Thank you for your gift of caring and
hope to benefit local seniors in need.

Gifts of any amount are appreciated.
The need is great, but together we are greater than the need!
With Gratitude to Our Sponsors
Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Sponsors
Our Community Sponsors
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Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt agency. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. State Registration #CH28. Federal ID #59-2625297