KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - A new fundraising campaign hopes to help Region 8 senior citizens.
Donate a dollar or give a high five is the theme of the fundraising campaign for Kennett OAKS.
Kennett OAKS stands for Older Adults Keep Serving.
The group offers free meals, programs, and activities for senior citizens in Kennett and Dunklin County.
"Last year we served over 105,000 meals," Laura Ford, administrator for Kennett OAKS, said.
Right now, Kennett OAKS rents space at the Kennett Community Center but is limited on time and space.
"We've been here since 1973, so we've been here a long time, but we've outgrown it," Ford said.
Ford said a $1 or $5 donation would go a long way towards getting senior citizens their own space in Kennett.
The Visiting Nursing Association donated Kennett OAKS a building at the corner of Kennett and Harrison, but Ford said they need money to renovate.
Ford feels the senior citizen community deserves support.
"They have put their blood, sweat, and tears into this community, and it's time the community give something back to them," Ford said.
After building relationships with the senior population, Ford said she sees a need for more programs and more activities, especially when you consider the hardships affecting the older generation.
"Depression is really high among seniors, also the suicide rate because of that depression," Ford said. "So if we can get them out and get them involved in activities and socializing that kind of helps."
Ford said the new facility would do just that.
The goal is to raise $400,000 in 8 weeks by spreading the word through social media and by mouth.
Ford said it is not just money they are looking for either.
"As small as a coffee pot to as big as a freezer," Ford said.
Ford hopes to be in the new Kennett OAKS Senior Nutrition Center by Christmas.
At the website, you can donate through PayPal and learn about special programs offered to seniors.
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