HELPING HANDS: The residents of the Groves, a senior independent-living community in Lincoln, recently coordinated separate collection efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy and US troops overseas.
For the Rockaway community in New York City, the seniors last month donated basic necessities such as batteries, blankets, canned goods, and bottled water. For their troop care package drive ending Dec. 6, they gathered instant drink packets, playing cards, books, moleskin, toiletries, and snack foods for donation to the Masonic Military Support Fund.
Amy Garcia, director of arts and leisure at the Groves, said the seniors hope the goods have provided comfort to members of both groups.
“Our residents enjoy giving back,” she said, noting many engage in regular volunteer service. “They have hearts of gold.”
DIRECT LINE TO HELP: The Framingham-based United Way of Tri-County recently partnered with the town’s school system to provide youth-focused, wallet-sized cards to remind teens that free, confidential help and referral services are only a phone call away.
Since the “Massachusetts 211’’ program’s inception in 2006, more than 200,000 people of all ages have dialed 211 within the state each year to obtain help with a wide range of issues, including depression, suicide prevention, substance abuse, difficulty paying food, rent and utility bills, and finding child care and after-school programs, senior services, and disaster aid.
Funding for the cards, which were distributed to middle and high school students on Dec. 4, was provided by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
For more information, visit www.mass211help.org.
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