As 2018 comes to a close in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, this horrible event has changed the face of our surrounding communities and impacted our tight-knit community in many ways. It has created more need and calls for help.

This has led to the Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County (ECCC) doubling its efforts in bridging the gap between our senior community and social services being their advocate and voice.

“In 2018 ECCC worked tirelessly sponsoring numerous events and successful fundraisers in an effort to fulfill our mission. We are so grateful to all our supporters, community partners and volunteers for their roles in the impact of this organization,” said ECCC President Bonnie Fulmer.

An example of ECCC’s efforts in the community is the outreach at Holy Family Senior Center that provides a daily lunch program, sponsored in part by volunteer cooks from the community. ECCC will continue to host events and activities facilitated by knowledgeable supporters who want to keep our community educated and informed.

“In 2019 my vision is to continue connecting our community while building a culture of giving,” said Fulmer. “To G.I.V.E. for me means Gather resources, Include everyone, Volunteer when needed and Empower those we serve.”

ECCC seeks new members and community partners. If you are interested in becoming a supporter, sponsor, volunteer or would simply like to make a donation to this organization please call (850) 509-5009.

The ECCC is collecting items for the second annual New Year Basket Delivery on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to homebound seniors in Franklin County. There are almost 60 people on our list and we want to supply them with items that food stamps do not purchase.

We are asking for your donations by 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 for the following:

Dish cloths, dish towels, kitchen sponges/scrubbers
Dish soap or other soap
Kitchen or bathroom cleaners/disinfectants
Paper goods, such as toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex
Zip locks, aluminum foil or plastic wrap
Toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, towels, soap, etc.
Small round laundry baskets or buckets to pack the items in for delivery
Cash or check made out to ECCC (tax deductible) so that we can purchase additional items to round up everyone’s baskets. These can be mailed to ECCC, PO Box 335, Eastpoint, FL 32328

We will come and pick up items, or they can be dropped off at Holy Family with Erica Head, activities coordinator between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.

Here is a list of activities sponsored by ECCC set to occur at Holy Family in January:

Wednesday, Jan. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.: Wings Over Florida (WOF) Butterfly Workshop. WOF, a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, rewards participants for their bird and butterfly listing achievements. WOF is designed to encourage Floridians and visitors of all ages to engage in wildlife viewing and identify as conservationists, expanding their connection to nature. This workshop is intended to attract participants to the Wings Over Florida program through butterfly education. Join us for an overview of butterfly basics, including butterfly viewing tips and bringing butterflies to you!

Monday, Jan. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.: Tile Art with Sandi Little

Tuesday, Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Brain Games with Debbie Wharton

Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. ECCC Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Express Yourself Through Dance with DJ Gina

Friday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. LunchTime Bingo with Annie Austin