Campus club provides a happy Valentine’s to senior communities
by Lucinda Perez
Two local senior-care homes were treated to a very special Valentine’s Day visit when College of the Desert’s World Beat Network delivered roses to their residents. This is the second year the club has organized the Valentine’s Day charitable event. Members of the World Beat Network used money out of their own pockets to buy the 50 roses the club members distributed to their “dates” at the senior homes. A group of nine members took the flowers to the Atria Hacienda and Atria Senior Living residences, both in Palm Desert.
In addition to handing out roses at the Atria Hacienda community, the group of students were asked to sing a song for the elderly residents. The group improvised a performance of “Stand By Me”, which their audience enjoyed. “We got a lot of smiles and that was great,” said Itzel Castillo, World Beat Network president. The students also took roses to some of the residents at the Atria Senior Living home. They went room-to-room handing out flowers to residents who don’t often get visitors. For those who delivered the flowers, the smiles they received in return was all the thanks they needed. “All we wanted to do was spread some love to people who needed it,” added Castillo.
Castillo praises the club and its members who she says are always looking to give back to their community. The World Beat Network provides all COD students the opportunity to give back and aims to help them build relationships within the Coachella Valley community, as well as help develop individual leadership skills. The World Beat Network club, whose mission it is to positively impact the Coachella Valley, has helped to organize several other charity events and donations at COD. In December, the club helped collect and distribute canned goods and clothing to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.