Serving Seniors

Help us help them! Support the donation drive for LifeStream.

Arizona Baptist Children’s Services & Family Ministries (ABCS) has a longtime partnership with LifeStream Complete Senior Living and their leadership. LifeStream is a faith-based nonprofit that provides affordable and caring senior living communities across the Valley, from independent living to assisted living, and skilled nursing to memory support and Alzheimer’s care. We have seen their care and concern for LifeStream residents firsthand. Over the years, LifeStream has supported our ministry both financially and materially. In recent years, the senior adults living in their communities have collected backpacks and Christmas presents for children in foster care and food items for families in need. We are so grateful to these seniors for providing hope and care to families served by ABCS through these donation drives.

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Now we have the opportunity to give back to them! As you know, senior adults have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus. LifeStream is doing all they can to protect their residents and prepare for potential cases, but their material needs are and will continue to be great. ABCS’ Pursue Life Adult Ministry is leading a donation drive to help gather critical supplies for our friends at LifeStream. Items needed include Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, safety goggles and shields, as well as hand soap, hand sanitizer and toilet paper. And – just for fun! – puzzles (100 – 200 pieces) and large print puzzle books are appreciated.

Calling all sewers! We know that masks and other PPE items are in great demand in hospitals and health-care settings and so may not be available for LifeStream. Many Americans are sewing masks to help meet the massive need. LifeStream will need hundreds of masks over the next few months. We recommend individuals or groups set a goal to sew 20 – 100 masks, depending on capacity. We’ve already dropped off the first delivery of 80 masks. Together, we can help meet their current needs. Here are some resources available on how to sew masks:

YouTube video from a doctor on how to make the safest mask- view
YouTube video from a sewer on how to make an easy mask- view
YouTube video with simple instructions set to music- view
Written directions and face mask sewing pattern with blog comments and tips- view
Instructions from another doctor on DIY face mask with air filter- view
Easily printed and sharable flier with directions on how to make a face mask- view
Article from Forbes with instructions and information on why the need is so critical- view

Evidence shows that some kind of mask is better than nothing, so all masks are welcome and needed! If you have other personal supplies of masks or PPE we will gladly accept your donation for LifeStream. Other items may also be purchased from our Amazon Wish List or any other retailer and shipped directly to our Phoenix office at 2632 W. Augusta Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051. While we do our best to keep the Wish List updated, items in high demand are quickly out of stock so please feel free to purchase similar items. Donations may also be dropped off by appointment. Please contact Mona at (602) 346-2326 or mona@abcs.org to schedule an appointment, or to make other arrangements.

On behalf of all of us at Pursue Life Adult Ministry and ABCS, thank you for helping us help them! We are thankful to join with you to provide the seniors living at LifeStream communities with these needed supplies.

If you would like to volunteer to help meet the needs of seniors during this critical time, fill out our form here.