Supplies for Seniors drive
By Shavonne Potts
Comfort Keepers, a local in-home care provider, is organizing a “Supplies for Seniors Drive” during September.
Comfort Keepers will collect donations of items for senior citizens throughout the month and distribute them to needy seniors through arrangements with senior services, social services and other community organizations.
Comfort Keepers owner Lori Eberly said she came up with the “Supplies for Seniors” campaign because her offices often get calls from seniors and their families who have leftover supplies.
People want to know what to do with adult protective briefs, pull sheets, nutritional shakes, latex gloves, equipment such as walkers and shower chairs and other supplies they no longer need.
“They want to donate the items to someone else who can use the items,” she said.
Incontinence supplies such as adult protective briefs are the most needed items.
“It is the primary item that less fortunate seniors are seeking assistance obtaining. I wanted to be able to coordinate a drive in which those who no longer need these items can donate them to seniors who are less fortunate that would benefit from receiving these items and supplies,” Eberly said.
Donations of senior-related items can be dropped off during September between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday at Comfort Keepers, 1717 W. Innes St., Salisbury.
Anyone who has items to donate but is unable to drop the items off during those times is encouraged to call Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370 to arrange a drop-off time.
Comfort Keepers will also make arrangements to pick up supplies from a home if someone is unable to bring them to the office.
The organization cannot accept medications, food items with expired dates or items that require a physician’s order. Comfort Keepers does not have tax status as a charitable organization and cannot provide a receipt to be used for tax purposes.
Comfort Keepers has been providing in-home care for seniors and the disabled in Rowan County since 2001.
For additional information about the organization, visit the Web site at www.comfortkeepers.com/caregivers/186/.