With news of an impending deadlier second wave of the Coronavirus suspected to hit the United States in the Fall, agencies and organizations continue to lend a helping hand to their communities as members of society begin to reactivate the work force.
Today, it was announced that the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc. and Elder Care Services, Inc. are teaming up to provide goody bags for 500 homebound seniors in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions. However, the agencies are asking for Floridians to help out.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules have made it difficult for homebound seniors to receive visits from family members and friends, the agencies are asking for members of the community to pitch in by donating items that are senior-friendly, which include crossword puzzles, word search books, coloring books and crayons, sketch books and color pencils, decks of playing cards and jigsaw puzzles.
In a statement, Lisa Bretz, the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc., commented that “travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic have left many in our senior population homebound, making them feel especially isolated and alone.”
Because of this, “generous donations from our community will continue to help keep them active, engaged and entertained during these difficult times.”
Jocelyne Fliger, the CEO of Elder Care Services, echoed in Bretz’s remarks, adding that they “are very grateful that so many area businesses and members of the community jump right into action when they know we have a need.” In this difficult time, they are thankful “to see our fellow Floridians contribute valuable donations of time, energy and resources, to help us protect one of our most vulnerable populations.”
The collection boxes will be located in the following locations:
Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, 2414 Mahan Dr.
Elder Care Services, Inc., 2518 West Tennessee St.