UWCK shows passion for the elderly
By Russ Edem 530News –
Many Barton County seniors are living alone and are dependent on local agencies to help with food, socialization and basic human contact. But one local agency is striving to let them know people in the community care by giving them a little box full of love and compassion.
The United Way of Central Kansas is putting together the Boxes of Love Program to show seniors they are appreciated and are thought of, and the community is invited to participate.
“United Way of Central Kansas is a wonderful organization and they do everything they can for the community,” RSVP Executive Director Linn Hogg said. “They recognize that seniors sometimes fall between the cracks. We see things for children but not seniors. So this Box of Love program is a great way to reach the seniors and to show them that people do care and are thinking of them.”
This program is not just about giving out items that homebound people might need; it has a bigger scope and that is touching these people’s hearts by human contact, socialization, having someone to talk to, and just showing them that they are loved.
“We hope that this program will help in many different ways,” Hogg said. “It’s just not the physical aspect, it’s very much about the mental aspect as well. If you feel forgotten this can be very depressing and this can cause many different problems. We are wanting to help change that with this program. To let them know they are not forgotten.
United Way of Central Kansas will collect items for “Boxes of Love” from community members, which will then be distributed through the Meals On Wheels, ElderCare Home Services and Great Bend Home Health & Hospice programs on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
Barton County Community College student athletes and the athletic department will help fill these boxes.
“We are asking the community to help us collect items for the boxes and drop them off at one of our drop-off sites,” Hogg said. “Here is a chance to thank people in the community that were once helping others but now need a little kindness in return.”
One can drop off their donated items at Farmers Bank, First Kansas Bank, Great Bend Children’s Learning, Great Bend Tribune, Great Bend Recreation’s Activity Center, Great Bend Public Library, Great Bend Coffee, Freddy’s, Credit Union of America, Dillons, Club One Fitness, Trinity Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, Great Bend Regional Hospital, Community Bank of the Midwest, RSVP, ElderCare Inc. and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.
According to Hogg, the UWCK is putting together 150 boxes and is asking businesses to participate by maybe holding a contest for its employees to help with gathering items. Some agencies have already stepped forward and made donations to help the program.
For more information or to have items picked up contact RSVP by calling 620-792-1614.
Businesses are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Call RSVP at 620-792-1614 for pick-up of collected items.