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Senior Center Collecting Toiletries for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

May 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Senior Services of the Chathams announces it is taking a collection of toiletries for seniors associated with the St. Francis Community Center on Long Beach Island.  The program is called Seniors Helping Seniors.

Items include shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, combs, brushes, toilet tissue, mouthwash and lotion.  Sample sizes are not accepted.  The collection will run now through June 21st.

The St. Francis Community Center, founded in 1972, is in Harvey Cedars.  It runs a food pantry, a senior center, a pre-school, an aquatics center, and counseling programs. Although it runs programs and services for all ages, the items collected during this drive will go directly to help senior citizens affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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“We wanted to offer our seniors an opportunity to help other seniors affected by the hurricane, and according to the Ocean County Division on Aging, this center was the hardest hit,”  said Pam Mansfield, executive director of Senior Services.

Items for the Seniors Helping Seniors program can be dropped off at the senior center, 58 Meyersville Rd. in Chatham on Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 973 635-4565.

Senior Services of the Chathams began as an outreach project of Interfaith Council of Churches and was quickly spun off into an independent nonprofit organization.  The twenty-three-year-old agency runs a transportation service for those that don’t drive, support groups and an information and referral service for a variety of geriatric issues including home health care needs, changes in Medicare, when to stop driving, assisted living, and government services.


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