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New Year’s baskets gladden 75 seniors

Special to the Times
The Apalach Times

The new year brings new beginnings for some and continued needs for others. The ECCC (Elder Care Community Council) realizes that some homebound seniors are simply unable, for many reasons, to get some basic household necessities.

The Senior New Year Basket campaign was launched three years ago to help meet these needs. Donors were requested to give household items, which included paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags and soap, as well as personal toiletries like new toothbrushes.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, ECCC volunteers gathered at Holy Family Senior Center to assemble 75 laundry baskets that were delivered to seniors Tuesday, Jan. 21. Recipients were most grateful and excited to receive these wonderful gifts of hope.

Sondra Furbee, coordinator of the food delivery twice a month, said "ECCC coordinates seven teams or individuals who deliver food pantry items to those seniors who are not able to pick up their allotments.

“Once a year the deliveries include a basket of household and personal items. The recipients are always grateful for the food items, but when we add in the baskets they just beam with appreciation,” she said. “There were basic items such as paper towels and laundry detergent, but also warm, cozy socks, just in time for cold nights.

“A big thanks to all who donated items or funds to purchase items and to the people who delivered 75 baskets in Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Carrabelle,” said Furbee.

“It made their day and that made mine!” said Janine Gedman, ECCC delivery volunteer.

ECCC thanks all our community partners, organizations and individuals who donated items, money or their time. It is because of you that this campaign was successful for the third year in a row.

Mark your calendar for Valentine’s Day Lunch, on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Family Senior Center. Music by Bird & Bear, and The Von Wamps. Please join us!

If you are interested in donating, participating, volunteering or partnering with us, you can contact us at holyfamilyseniorcenter@gmail.com or 653-3134, or ECCC at ecccfranklin@gmail.com or (850) 509-5009. Please visit our Facebook pages Holy Family Senior Center and ECCC- E Triple C to say informed on the latest events and activities at the Center.

Weekly activities, open to all, no experience necessary!

Weekdays: Community Lunch serving 11 a.m. to noon

Monday: Vinyasa Class with Jan Olson 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Monday: Chair Yoga with Jan Olson 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday: Ukulele Orchestra 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday: Holy Family Chorale 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday: Chair Yoga with Janice Olson 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (starts Feb, 6)

Tuesday and Saturday: All Levels Yoga with Betsy Nofziger 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Friday: Vinyasa Class with Jan Olson 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Upcoming events, free to attend. Donations are accepted

Friday, Jan. 31: Lunch & Bingo with Annie Austin, Dry Bone Ministries 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Mental Illness Part 2: Bipolar with Mary Sinnock 11 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Feb. 6: Big Bend Hospice presents Five Wishes, with Cara Brown 11 a.m. to noon

Friday, Feb. 7: Farmers Market SNAP Benefits Lunch & Learn 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Baking Bread with Betsy Noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: Dementia Tour with Lori Fitzgerald 10:30 a.m. to noon

Friday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Lunch & Dance 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: ECCC Senior Network Meeting Noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Healthy Benefits of Herbs with Linda Sapp 11 a.m. to noon

Friday, Feb. 21: Senior Explorers Club - Popcorn & A Movie 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28: Lunch & Bingo 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.