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Bright night, hard times for Angel’s Depot

VISTA — It was a holiday wonderland at Premier Jet’s Hangar 3 at Palomar Airport on Dec. 13. Angel’s Depot, a nonprofit providing food for impoverished seniors, held its third Christmas fundraiser gala with typical style.
More than 200 guests in black ties and fancy dresses, some in smart Marine dress uniforms, enjoyed a sumptuous feast and a multi-piece swing band. Carlsbad High School’s Lancer Dancers performed a rousing show amidst World War II memorabilia and vehicles. Then the auctioneer took over, filling the air with rapid-fire auction chant. Dozens of donated gift baskets filled with everything from signed art to vacation packages were sold.
All of the monies raised went into Angel Depot’s central operation. On the first Tuesday of every month, volunteers gather to assemble boxes of nonperishable foods for the county’s poorest seniors. These boxes provide three weeks of food for more than 500 recipients.
“Most of these people will get a subsidized lunch at a senior center, and you’ll see them cutting their little lunch in half and taking it home in a baggie because they don’t have food at home,” charity founder Susan Hall said. “When I found out that 50,000 seniors lived in poverty in San Diego County, that’s when I made the decision to found Angel’s Depot.”
But purchasing, preparing and distributing the food costs a