Aging Matters in Brevard needs holiday donations/volunteers


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Aging Matters in Brevard purchases, wraps and delivers gifts for 1,500 seniors around Brevard County. The organization is looking for volunteers and donations.

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It’s that time of year again when your spirits are lighter, laughter is heard anew and holidays mean stretching time to include family and friends.

Aging Matters in Brevard has some special Christmas wishes this year with which the neighbors and friends in Brevard County might just be able to help and spread some additional holiday cheer to seniors.

“We all know the holidays can be a lonely time for seniors,” said Sherri Law, the director of advancement for the agency. “Many of the seniors we serve have no other caregivers or family present. Some families are in different parts of the country and some don’t have families.

“We partner with the community around this time of year to help with the holidays,” Law said. “The Florida Today partnership purchases, wraps and delivers gifts for 1,500 seniors around the county.

“In addition to the (gift) program, we also provide holiday meals to make sure they have enough food to eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another group of support comes from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation based in Titusville.”

During the holidays, the organization is desperate with a need for extra volunteers to deliver the meals.

“It takes a couple of hours out of the day to deliver meals,” said Josh Jensen, CEO and president of Aging Matters in Brevard.

“Everyone asks, ‘what can we do this time of year,’” Law said. “This time of year, the tax-deductible donations are needed to purchase the items for support of the seniors around the county. All client support is needed this time of year, including the lunch program, the caregiver program and Meals on Wheels.”

For those who love to shop, volunteer shoppers help purchase the many items given to those seniors without families.

“I haven’t seen the preparations yet, but I understand all the rooms are full of gifts,” said Jensen, who took on his position fairly recently and has not yet been at the center over a Christmas holiday.

“Volunteers are shopping now and (started) wrapping the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” Law added.

“Essentially the monetary support we receive from government sources funds about 60 percent of the program (at Aging Matters),” Law said. “We depend on the support of the community to make up the rest. We need financial support throughout the year.”

Send tax-deductible donations to: Aging Matters in Brevard (a 501©(3) nonprofit organization) at 3600 W. King St., Cocoa, FL 32926; call the development office at 321-806-3767 or donate online at agingmattersbrevard.org

Also, call the phone number to volunteer to deliver meals or work in some capacity for the organization that has been in existence in Brevard County since 1965.

“We are definitely a mission-driven organization,” Jensen said. “Our board members could serve on any board in the county but choose to be on this board because they believe in what the agency is doing. We can’t do what we do for the county without the support of our donors.”