Beacon Communities Embrace the Spirit of Giving

The Beacon Communities home office gets festive for the holidays.

For Beacon Communities team members, the holiday season is indeed all about family—their Beacon family, which includes their residents at more than 34 communities.

In a season that is meant to bring out compassion, caring and kindness, Beacon Communities embraces their large family by demonstrating the spirit of giving above all else—especially for residents who are unable to share the holiday with friends and family. Beacon’s home office is once again making a list of their own—and checking it twice. Since 2002, Beacon Communities has implemented a Wish List program that is designed to provide gifts, ranging from sweaters to pots and pans, to residents who may not otherwise receive them.

Beacon’s home office and all of the company’s divisions, come together to select up to two residents from each of the participating Beacon communities; this year, 18 communities participated. Once resident names are selected, community team members send them to Kristen Wanner, administrative assistant at Beacon Communities, who then creates her own version of the “nice list.”

“This is my third year spearheading this wonderful program that allows our team members to provide gifts to our residents who are in need of basic necessities,” said Wanner. “Many of the residents who are selected for this program send thank-you cards to the home office expressing their gratitude and appreciation. As the years progress, I hope to continue to provide the Wish List program to more residents living in our communities.”

Once Wanner completes her list, team members, some of them under the alias of “Kris Kringle” or “St. Nick,” pick a resident and purchase gifts, which in the past have included dishware, pajamas, sweaters and coats. The items are then collected, wrapped and sent out to community residents across the West Coast.

Beacon Communities partners with a local branch of Wells Fargo, which sponsors the Wish Lists holiday program. To learn more about how you can donate gifts to residents in need at Beacon Communities, please contact Kristen Wanner at or at (925) 924-7162.


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This article appears in the January 2017 issue of ABHOW Words.