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Council on Aging asking for help

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The St. Martin Council on Aging is asking for help.

The council, which provides a wide array of support and services for parish seniors, is asking for donations to help fund those services. 

"At this time of year, finances are low, and we're looking for ways we can continue serving our seniors without it being a burden," said executive director Shanise Lewis. "We just are trying to make sure they have what they need."

The agency provides hot meals to seniors at two sites, and also delivers hot meals daily to more than 125 seniors who can't leave home. Those visits serve as a lifeline; many seniors don't have nearby family who can check on them daily, and the program ensures they receive contact, Lewis explained. 

"We offer a variety of services, we offer support to our seniors, and we act as a resource center for seniors who can't find services," Lewis said. "Our goal is to help them age well, with dignity and respect. We know that the more active people are, the healthier their lifestyles are, the longer they will live."

The COA offers socialization, recreation, help with medication, help with utility payments and transportation, Lewis said. 

"Anyone who would like to give to the cause, we ask that they do that now," Lewis said. "Everything you give, a dollar, $10, will go to help our seniors."

Donations may be dropped off at the COA center on Cannery Road, mailed to the Council on Aging, P.O. Box 39, Breaux Bridge, 70517 or via the agency's GoFundMe account, which you can find by clicking here

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