Give our seniors a hand

“Right now, we’re at a critical point” in fundraising, Annie Hepburn, director of the Alpena Senior Citizens Center, told Lifestyles editor Darby Hinkley for a story in Monday’s edition.

The center provides transportation for Alpena County seniors to medical appointments, but, if no funds are raised, those services will be cut off Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, until funding kicks back in on Jan. 1.

All throughout September, in honor of National Senior Center Month, the Senior Center is hosting a series of events to showcase its services and the good it does for its members.

Two of those events are of particular interest: A breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday will inform politicians and local officials about the center’s offerings. Then the public is invited to an informative open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

“The purpose of both of those events is awareness, education, for people to know really what we do here, and some of our struggles that we have,” Hepburn explained.

We hope the politicians pay attention, and we hope the public turns out in big numbers to see what the Senior Center is all about.

And then we hope both groups find a way to open their checkbooks.

Our seniors helped build this world we all enjoy today, and we owe it to them to help them get where they need to go.



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