The Houston Senior Center is preparing for its annual “Main Event” Walk-a-thon, set for Thursday, Sept. 18.
Letters have been sent out seeking sponsorship or donations, and event chairperson Doris Schuer will be contacting businesses. Seniors will be collecting pledges and walking in the walk-a-thon, and depending on citizens to help meet a goal of raising $5,000 for the center’s congregate and home bound delivered meals programs and services.
One- and three-mile routes have been mapped out, starting and finishing at the Houston Senior Center (at 301 S. Grand Ave.). Cash prizes and awards will be given.
The Houston Senior Center served 40,524 homebound and congregate meals in 2013, and since July 11, 2005, has also provided all the meals needed at the Licking Bridge Builders, the senior center.
Serving two senior centers has increased the number of meals and man-hours required to meet the needs of seniors served by both. These meals provide nutrition and are one way of helping individuals remain in their own homes despite problems of aging, disability or illness.
“Recipients of homebound meals and services are part of an age group that is rapidly growing in numbers and it should be recognized that increased human and financial resources are required to meet the need for home bound meals and services for seniors,” said Houston Senior Center administrator Bernadine Hohlt. “We are asking for your help in this annual event. Even if you just give a little it all adds up to help services for seniors in our community be available.”
For more information, to obtain a pledge form, make a donation or volunteer to work, call Hohlt at 417-967-4119.