Weekly COVID-19 Update
Welcome to our second weekly COVID-19 update. Last week was a busy one! We delivered thousands of food boxes to seniors, held donation events all over the area, and partnered with Frame USA to "Fill the Truck." Read on for more.
Ensuring our seniors have food
We'd like to recognize our Provider Services Department, and specifically team member Jennifer Lake, for organizing the effort to provide 14-day, shelf-stable meal boxes to all COA clients who receive home delivered meals (HDM) in case of COVID-19-related distribution problems. We have delivered about 7,500 food boxes, which equals 105,000 meals. We are still accepting donations in case a second round of meal box delivery is necessary. Donate here .
Community steps up for seniors!
We put out the call, and our community answered. A great big thank you to:
  • The individuals and organizations whose cash donations for meals for seniors now total $17,782.
  • Individuals who have donated essential personal care and cleaning items for seniors.
  • United Way, Aetna, Duke Energy and TriHealth, which each made generous monetary donations for senior meals.
  • Akers Packaging Service Group, BGR, SpecTape Inc., Frame USA, Hilllsboro Transportation Co., Hafer Drayage, Matthew 25 Ministries, and Harrison, Crescent Springs and Milford Home Depot locations for their generous donations of materials and services to assist with personal care item collection, packaging and distribution.
  • Crossroads Church, City of Wyoming, Lakota Hills Baptist Church, Frame USA and Blanchester Church of Christ for providing locations for our collections.
  • All our wonderful volunteers!
How you can help

  • We've partnered with Frame USA's charity initiative, FilltheTruck.org, to accept donations for essential personal care items for seniors through the end of April. Donors may purchase items on the FilltheTruck.org website, or drop off items at designated locations/times. Details are here.
  • We are soliciting donations of medical gloves and masks to give to our home care providers who are running low or are out of these supplies. Email covid19volunteers@help4seniors.org if you have supplies to donate.
  • We are seeking volunteers to help with certain activities, such as calling to check on seniors, sorting donations, and more. Email covid19volunteers@help4seniors.org if you can help.
National and state COVID-19 updates
Focus on: COVID-19 fraud
And now for some good news...
Amidst what seems like all bad news, here are some items to help put a smile on your face:
COA in the news
The media - print and electronic alike - has been buzzing about the hard work that's being done by the community and COA staff. Here are some links to coverage that highlights COA.
COVID-19 resources from COA
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