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Build-a-Basket assists local elderly and disabled

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Generations' AngelWorx program is sponsoring the fourth annual Build-a-Basket project to benefit local older adults and people with disabilities.

The AngelWorx program has been active in Greene County since 2004, and is sponsored by the Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging program at Vincennes University, explained coordinator Sandy Carpenter.

"Build-a-Basket helps homebound people. Mostly, Generations clients are elderly or disabled ... Almost all of those people are on fixed incomes," Carpenter said.

In an effort to spread holiday cheer and assist those on fixed incomes, the AngelWorx program will be delivering baskets full of necessities if they may not be able to afford the items.

Laundry baskets, trash cans, storage tubs or a box can be filled with items such as paper towels, dish soap, denture cream, calendar, bath towels, toilet paper and other items.

"Items like that are expensive, and a lot of times they will put off buying toiletries and laundry detergent because they can't afford it," Carpenter said.

Carpenter noted some groups and individuals have donated reusable sacks full of items.

"We have a lot of people that instead of doing a basket, do use reusable shopping bag or tote. They really do not have to be in a basket. Say, you have a few things you wanted to donate, you can drop off the items," Carpenter said, noting AngelWorx volunteers can compile the baskets.

Organizers added those donating can also decorate the baskets.

Those interested must register their baskets by contacting Alma Kramer at akramer@vinu.edu or by calling 812-888-4527.

Donors will need to provide their name or group name, address and phone number.

Donations can be dropped off until Dec. 21 Monday through Friday at the Bloomfield Senior Housing, located at 100 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jasonville Senior Center, located at 145 S. Lawton St., from 8 a.m. to noon; or the Linton Glenburn Community; Wellness Center, located at 618 W. Glenburn Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lyons Senior Center, located at 165 N. Jefferson St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Worthington Senior Center, located at 8 N. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Carpenter said she can pick up the items and boxes as well, if the donor asks when they register.

Names must also be listed on the baskets, and case managers, Meals on Wheels drivers and volunteers will deliver the baskets to clients.

For those who would like to schedule the delivery of a basket can call Generations at 1-800-742-9002.

"I know we have over 400 (people in need) right now, and we are right in the middle of it. There are more clients. Today I picked up three baskets from Shakamak Elementary School, and I also just found out Linton Elementary is making baskets too," Carpenter said.

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Do they have a program like this for Owen County residents?

Also, this paragraph needs to be edited and corrected:

'In an effort to spread holiday cheer and assist those on fixed incomes, the AngelWorx program will be delivering baskets full of necessities they may not be able to afford the items.'

-- Posted by The Nosy Neighbor on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 3:44 AM

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