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Council on Aging seeks to meet seniors’ needs

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Beatrice Brown celebrates after receiving a poinsettia plant from Jimmy Jernigan during a raffle Friday night at the Concordia Council on Aging’s 37th annual Christmas party. Jernigan is president of the council.

VIDALIA — The formula is straightforward: The more they receive, the more people they can serve.

That was the Concordia Council on Aging Executive Director Dorothy McDonald’s message to Miss-Lou residents with a generous heart for the elderly.

The Concordia Council on Aging is a local non-profit set up to serve the elderly, ages 60 and older, by providing food, activities and health services for Concordia Parish residents.

The organization serves one meal a day to elderly residents at the two parish locations and also has home delivery services. It also provides recreation, nutrition and public education, as well as wellness and medicine management.

Meal sites for the organization include the senior center at 111 Texas Ave. in Ferriday and the Vidalia meal site 411 Texas St.

McDonald said paper supplies are the organization’s biggest immediate need this holiday season.

“We can always use paper supplies — printer paper, toilet paper, tissues and napkins,” McDonald said.

With the council hosting bingo night twice a week in Ferriday and once a week in Vidalia, McDonald said bingo prize donations are also appreciated. Any kind of monetary donations are also very helpful, she said.

“We are grateful for anything anyone does,” McDonald said.

McDonald said the organization is also planning a trip out of town for the seniors in the near future and is selling cookbooks to help raise money for the trip.

“We’ll sell them at either meal site, and maybe at other places in the future,” McDonald said. “The recipes are from the clients and the staff.”

For monetary donations, make checks payable to the Concordia Council on Aging, 405 Carter St., Vidalia, LA, 71373. Supplies can be dropped off at the front office on Carter Street or either meal site location.