Scottsdale program seeks donations to help seniors in-need

Scottsdale resident Lucy Davis looks on as city social workers deliver a bag full of summer survival items provided by community donations. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Scottsdale resident Lucy Davis looks on as city social workers deliver a bag full of summer survival items provided by community donations. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Last summer, legally-blind Scottsdale senior citizen Lucy Davis was just one of the nearly 200 residents who received a “Beat the Heat” care package.

Ms. Davis said items contained in the package make a real difference in her ability to get by during the summer. The visit by Scottsdale social workers to deliver the items is also welcomed by Ms. Davis, who enjoys the company, according to a press release.

Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide bags of necessary supplies for isolated, frail and home-bound seniors. This year’s program is gearing up, and Senior Services is once again relying on the generosity of our community to donate.

Items needed include healthy snacks, nutritional drinks, bottled water, stamps and unused personal hygiene products. Donations are due Friday, June 3, and they can be dropped off to the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale.

Monetary donations are accepted, as well. Checks and cash can be mailed in care of Concerned Citizens for Community Health, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Please make sure the check or donation references the “Beat the Heat” program.

Credit card donations can be made online at ConcernedCitizensScotttsdale.org.

Besides bringing relief to those in need, city staff gets the opportunity to personally assess the growing demands of home-bound seniors.

“Our population is aging, and the demand to help seniors in this situation is growing,” stated program director Susie Cummings, in the release.

The city doesn’t buy items for this program and strictly relies on donations for its success, she stated.

For more information about “Beat the Heat,” visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Beat the Heat.”

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