Columbia mayor presents check to provide new opportunities for senior citizens
Charlie Hunter leads the devotion for Senior Resources every morning. He retired in Columbia a few years ago, and is thankful to be a member of Senior Resources.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin presented a check to Senior Resources worth $130,000. This check will go towards the Meals on Wheels program, and open up new spots on the waiting list.
By Sophie Keyes
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin walked into the Denny Terrace Community Center with a big smile on his face Monday. He greeted every member of the nonprofit Senior Resources, and was eager to deliver big news.
Benjamin then presented the nonprofit with a $135,000 check. Senior Resources provides seniors of Columbia with a meal everyday, provides exercise classes, and creates opportunities for seniors to feel independent.
Charlie Hunter, a member of the program, was overjoyed by the city's donation. Hunter believes Senior Resources is an important part of Columbia.
"It's a very good thing that happens, because if we didn't do this we would be sitting at home all day long," Hunter said.
Senior Resources helps over 400 senior citizens in Columbia, but there are 200 people on the waiting list. The city's donation will help the organization reach more seniors.
Benjamin says he feels senior citizens are one of the main reasons why Columbia is the great city he believes it is.
"You can either try to allow the community to age, and not support your seniors or you can say that this is an incredible opportunity to make sure wonderful prosperous lives, remain wonderful, prosperous lives," Benjamin said.
Senior Resources will continue to help the elderly community of Columbia, and Benjamin said he already has plans for larger feeding efforts during the upcoming holiday season.