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A mile of pennies for ‘Supplies for Seniors’

By SARAH BRADBURY

sarah@southwesttimes.com

 

Once again, it’s time to begin raising money for “Supplies for Seniors.” Search under your couch cushions, your car, or anywhere else change seems to accumulate and donate it to a worthy cause.

The goal is to collect one mile of pennies, which will equal 84,480 pennies or $844.80, for “Supplies for Seniors.”

This is the organization’s sixth year collecting household and personal care supplies and monetary donations for supplies to donate to homebound seniors living in the New River Valley.

Ava Stilwell, director of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has said the organization collects and donates about $40 worth of paper towels, toilet paper, etc. to individual seniors in January, which she says is the time of year certain household items are needed most.

Stilwell says as an organization, they try to think of the things that would put them most at a disadvantage if they were in that position and couldn’t get out and get those items on their own.

All money donated goes toward purchases of the items needed. Stilwell says donors are always gracious in giving physical donations and the money raised goes to supplement the donated supplies. “There are people who donate year round,” said Stilwell. Even the packaging and eventual delivery of the items is done on a volunteer basis.

Bring all your pennies, and other change or dollars you would like to donate, and put them in the marked containers. All of the money raised will help purchase necessary household supplies for over 230 homebound seniors living in the New River Valley.

Stilwell says there is another wreath being raffled off and those wishing to participate can come by the Senior Center at 106 N. Washington Avenue, Pulaski.

Donations are always welcome and can be made in person at the RSVP office or New River Valley Agency on Aging at 141 E. Main St., Suite 500, Pulaski. Arrangements also can be made for donations to be picked up by calling RSVP.

For more information about the “Supplies for Seniors” project, the items needed, or how you can help, contact RSVP at 980-3969 or 382-5775.