Millersburg Eagles give seniors a boost with donation

Millersburg Eagles give seniors a boost with donation

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Ask any organization around Holmes County and chances are good they can pinpoint a moment in time when the Millersburg Eagles FOE #2418 touched their lives and the community.

That kindness hit the mark recently once again when the Millersburg Eagles FOE #2418 made a $5,000 donation to the Holmes County Darb Snyder Senior Center.

According to Georgie Cool, senior center director, the Eagles went to great lengths in exploring and better understanding everything the senior center does for area seniors.

The Eagles trustees liked what they heard because in that exploration they decided to make the sizable donation.

Cool said she was recently approached by an Eagles member, who asked her to submit a copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) status. The Eagles member also requested a list of menus and a breakdown of the people served by the center in terms of those who visit and those who are served through Meals on Wheels. That information was then taken back to the Eagles trustees, who did their homework before doling out the donation.

However, Cool said that was far from the end of the two organizations connecting.

“They had a group show up at the building, and we took them on a tour of the facility and showed them everything we do here,” Cool said. “It was really neat to make the connection.”

According to Cool, the donation will go toward the purchase of food for the center. She said they purchase beef on the hoof from their distributor because it is less expensive that way, and this donation would help cover the cost of purchasing a whole beef. In addition, it will help the center purchase trays that will be utilized as part of the home delivery of meals.

The Eagles also connected with the senior center earlier this summer when they purchased and donated a hog from the Holmes County Fair.

As for gratitude, Cool said they can never say thank you enough to the Eagles and their generosity.

“Again, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Cool said to the Eagles. “It is humbling, and we are honored that they thought about us. We rely heavily on the giving of our community to be able to provide for our senior citizens. I have written thank-you notes, but that can’t compare to the generosity they have shown us through this donation.”

The senior center also is amid another fundraising event, that being its annual Chinese Auction, which took place Saturday, Nov. 5.

Cool said the funds raised through that effort will go toward the ongoing maintenance of their fleet of three vehicles, which are instrumental in providing transportation of the Meals on Wheels program.

Maintenance on one of the vehicles is taken care of by the Sons of the American Legion, but costs in maintaining the other two fall on the shoulders of the senior center.

“People would be shocked to see the amount of mileage we accumulate each week,” Cool said. “It’s a lot of travel and a lot of wear and tear on the vehicles, but we know the important role we play in providing for our seniors in Holmes County. We appreciate all of the generosity of the people of our county who share that passion for meeting the needs of others.”