With a $2,000 Gratutude Grant from the Grand Lodge, the Lakeland Elks Lodge utilized the money for the Polk County Senior Orphans. The Lodge furnished 22 bathtub chairs, five blood pressure monitors, toilet seat extensions and safety grab bars. The lodge then approved an additional $150 from their Charity Fund for additional incidentals. We also supplied them with those grabber type long handles that they can pick items up with, without bending over…..
Senior Orphans of Polk County was founded over twenty-five years ago to assist those less fortunate. The idea came from attending an organizational meeting of service programs in Polk County. The original goal was to help local, indigent seniors living with no family support and monthly incomes of $400 or less. Today that amount has increased to include those with monthly incomes of $600 or less. Senior Orphans is 100% volunteer driven with no administrative costs. We provide to the neediest of seniors—those on a fixed income of no more than $600 a month.
Many of us complain about trying to live off a few thousand dollars a month, let alone $600 per month. Yet right here in Polk County, many seniors are forced to live off this meager income. They are faced with the choice of eating or buying much needed medications on a daily basis. Sadly, many have discovered that Social Security isn’t enough to live on.
Senior Orphans was founded to help those in need and your donations can make such a difference in the lives of so many. With your donation of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, bleach, toilet paper, paper towels, etc., thousands of needy seniors get help with their day-to-day living expenses. Seniors are screened through qualified agencies such as the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Polk Elderly Services or Peace River Association. Senior Orphans and the agency case managers are careful to ensure that the neediest of the needy receive assistance—and to avoid duplication of services. All a case manager has to do is call Senior Orphans, and they can pick up what they need right away—there is no waiting—to ensure the need is met, immediately.
For more information, please call Bev at 863-859-6547. Your donations of money or time will benefit so many!