Senior Sunshine Club brightens lives of students and retirees in Temecula

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Members of Linfield Christian School’s Senior Sunshine Club meet their Atria Park Sunshine Buddies in person for the first time at the Temecula school for an ice cream social July 29. Valley News/Courtesy photo
When Linfield Christian School junior Cody Emig talked to his grandmother in Kansas City during the COVID-19 lockdowns, he learned the isolation from her friends and social activities made her feel lonely and bored. When the Temecula school held its annual Club Rush in the fall of 2020, Emig virtually promoted his idea for a new club and it was approved. The Senior Sunshine Club pairs Linfield students with residents at Atria Park of Vintage Hills retirement community in Temecula. Emig, who has been president of the club since it began, said he thought it would be great to write letters and take them to the senior living center, which has 143 residents when at full capacity. He said Audrey Gonzales joined him as the club’s vice president soon after it was formed. “Once we had mor
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