“I’m shocked. I just can’t believe it...I feel so rich!” Those were Olga’s words when she unwrapped the beautifully wrapped care package BCF volunteers assembled for distribution to some of our community’s most vulnerable senior citizens.
In November, 40 BCF volunteers helped assemble the 300 care packages that would be distributed by the Area Agency on Aging to low-income seniors who are fighting to remain in their own homes. The packages were filled with items such as winter gloves, lotion, soaps and shampoo, and a little candy. Each package also held a hand-written note from one of our volunteers wishing them well.
“Joy! Unbridled joy is what we saw on the faces of seniors who received care kits prepared by Berrien Community Foundation members,” said Area Agency on Aging’s Christine Vanlandingham. “The value of the gift goes far beyond the much needed personal care supplies contained in the boxes. To know our community remembers and cares about them is a priceless gift that continues to bless the older adults we serve.”
Through a partnership between BCF and Honor Credit Union Foundation, the supplies were purchased and the assembly line began. “When we were approached by the Berrien Community Foundation about partnering to provide care kits to local seniors, we could barely say yes fast enough!” said Communications Manager Kaylee Williams. “Providing such a thoughtful and useful gift prepared with such good intentions and kindness by community volunteers to elderly individuals in need is exactly the type of program that the Honor Credit Union Foundation exists to support!”
Volunteers also had a rewarding experience. “BCF gave me an opportunity to join with other volunteers and make a small difference in the life of a needy senior,” said New Buffalo resident Hillary Bubb. “I’m looking forward to next year!”
As BCF looks at the needs of our community, we are remembering our seniors through building the Senior Empowerment Endowment Fund to make sure our seniors have the care they need.