AARP gives back to local organizations

By Richard Karns

Special to the Herald Review

The Midwest Michigan AARP Chapter 2418 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of the month at the United Methodist Church in Reed City. We are a very active group and dispel the idea that because you have reached a certain age, you can't continue to be active and support those issues that are important to not only seniors, but everyone.

We have been busy this year participating in the community of Reed City and the surrounding area. At the beginning of the year, members decided to sponsor three issues: Eagle Village in Hersey, the Osceola County Commission on Aging's Meals on Wheels program and the Reed City Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The commitments were completed by the members taking up special collections every other month.

At Eagle Village, each of the young people who are there receive a blanket that is theirs to keep. This sounded like a meaningful cause for our membership to be involved in. We donate money to buy the material to make the blankets and one of our members make them and give them to Eagle Village.

The COA Meals on Wheels program is so important for so many citizens of our county. The cuts made by the state have impacted this project and others. Our AARP membership felt we as a group may not be able to achieve very much by ourselves, so we helped sponsor the Bowl-a-Thon put on by the COA to support the program.

The RCMA Food Pantry helps many citizens of our area who are in need of food and other items. In the photo, our members are presenting a check of $195 to Burley Russell, the new director of the food pantry. A great debt of thanks needs to be given to Robert Pooley, who has been the director of the pantry for many years and is now retiring.

The motto of AARP is "to serve and not be served." We realize, and so do many of you, our circumstances in life change — sometimes very rapidly — when we need these services. It's important to us and I am sure to many of you who give back to these needed services, if we don't, they may not exist. To help the youth realize someone they don't know cares for them is important. They are our future and it is important to stress to them they are.

As individuals, we not be able to achieve much, but as a group that is active and intends to stay that way, we can accomplish good things. Please come and join us.