60 Days of Giv­ing un­der­way

Cam­paign ef­forts pro­vides ways to help oth­ers, pets

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTS

The Es­tu­ary Coun­cil of Se­niors is in the midst of a 60 Days of Giv­ing cam­paign.

The cam­paign has two main goals. The first goal is to raise money for their se­nior health and well­ness pro­grams. The Es­tu­ary Coun­cil is a re­gional non­profit that works to help se­niors stay ac­tive, healthy, and in­de­pen­dent through their se­nior cen­ter, med­i­cal trans­porta­tion and nu­tri­tion pro­grams, and as the only provider of Meals on Wheels in the nine-town es­tu­ary re­gion. Do­na­tions can be made on­line at www.ec­se­nior.org.

The sec­ond goal of the cam­paign is to be a good com­mu­nity part­ner and help other area non­prof­its.

The Es­tu­ary Coun­cil has part­nered with Old Say­brook Youth and Fam­ily and Clin­ton So­cial Ser­vices to put up Giv­ing Trees and Mit­ten Trees in the lobby where peo­ple can make hol­i­day gift do­na­tions for lo­cal fam­i­lies. The coun­cil is hold­ing pet food drives for For­got­ten Fe­lines and the es­tu­ary’s own hol­i­day Ani-Meals on Wheels pro­gram for Meals on Wheels re­cip­i­ents who have pets.

A “Pack a Purse” event was just held. Items such as brushes, nail files, lo­tion, tis­sues, and much more were packed into purses to be do­nated to lo­cal women’s shel­ters. Vol­un­teers packed nearly 50 purses.

The coun­cil pro­vides nu­tri­tion, trans­porta­tion, so­cial ser­vices, ac­tiv­i­ties, and fit­ness pro­grams to res­i­dents of Ch­ester, Clin­ton, Es­sex, Deep River, Killing­worth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Say­brook, and West­brook, it web­site notes. The ser­vices aim to “pro­mote qual­ity of life, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing for per­sons 50 to 105.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved or how you can help make a dif­fer­ence, con­tact Heather Mi­lardo at 860-3881611 ext. 210 or de­vel­op­ment@ec­se­nior.org. The Es­tu­ary Coun­cil of Se­niors is lo­cated at 220 Main St., Old Say­brook. Any­one age 50 and bet­ter is wel­come.

Con­trib­uted pho­tos

Vol­un­teers from left, Con­nie Cliffe, Co­rina Brown, Betsy Cote, and Mike Neville (not pic­tured) and staff or­ga­nizer Sharon Sla­ton fill nearly 50 purses with do­nated items to be given to lo­cal women’s shel­ters.

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