Thankful for recent donations, nonprofit reminds community need is still great

When community emergencies such as the current COVID-19 crisis occur, Aging True Community Senior Services is one of the first organizations called to the front line when it comes to serving some of the most vulnerable in our community – the elderly.

While weeks of social distancing and isolation have taken a toll on many in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods, it is clear the demographic that has been most seriously impacted is our homebound seniors, many of whom rely on Aging True’s programs as a lifeline and even more so during this global pandemic.

The economic fallout from Coronavirus stretches the financial resources of many businesses and nonprofit organizations. Aging True has recently benefited from the largesse of ISEL Inc., Dress a Girl Around the World South Jax Chapter, Humana, Farm Share and ElderSource, who have stepped up generously to assist our mission during these unsettling times.

We are especially grateful to Jennifer Sandler-Steinshouer, customer development director at ISEL Inc., for supplying nearly 100 four-ounce spray bottles of hand sanitizer to help keep our staff and senior clients safe. Meanwhile, Melanie Carson of Dress a Girl Around the World has used her valuable expertise at the sewing machine to create 150 cloth masks so that every front-line staff member has their own washable facemask as they work with older members of our community.

We also must express our appreciation to Humana, Farm Share, and ElderSource for the gift of paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, toiletries – soap, deodorant and toothbrushes – and nonperishable food items, which filled 1,000 bags that we distributed to our homebound clients in Duval County. These necessary items – particularly toilet paper – have become quite dear in recent weeks and are especially vital as the stay-at-home order continues.

Coupled with some unrestricted cash contributions from anonymous donors that have helped support our array of programs – care coordination, home health care, nutrition, mental wellness, and caregiver support – these material gifts have given our organization a boost during this challenging time. 

We are so thankful that these organizations and individuals understand the gravity of the needs Aging True is fulfilling and that our staff and volunteers have always willingly stepped forward as true community servants. Still our need is great as we continue to bolster the ever-increasing numbers of seniors who need care and assistance as they seek to remain independent and in their homes as long as possible. 

For more information on how you can assist Aging True, please contact Lori McMullin, APR, at (904) 807-1320 or by email at lmcmullin@agingtrue.org. Anything you can give helps us help our senior community age gracefully and with the dignity each person deserves and is greatly appreciated.

A grateful Thank You to you and your staff at The Resident for being the continued source for this community and keeping us all connected during this critical time.

Teresa K. Barton,
CEO, Aging True

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