The Houston Senior Center is preparing for its annual Helping Hands Walk-a-Thon scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19.
Letters have been sent out asking for sponsorship or donations. Area senior citizens will be collecting pledges and participating in the Walk-a-Thon, with a goal of raising $5,000 for the senior center’s congregate and home bound delivered meals programs, services, activities and other programs.
One-mile, three-mile and 90-yard routes have been mapped out, starting and finishing at the Houston Senior Center, at 301 S. Grand Ave. Prizes and awards will be presented.
The Houston Senior Center served approximately 45,000 home bound and congregate meals last year. The facility services Houston, Raymondville, Licking, Plato, Success and Roby.
“This has increased the number of meals and man hours it takes to provide meals to seniors in our area,” said senior center administrator Bernadine Hohlt. “These meals provide nutrition and are one way of helping individuals remain in their own homes despite problems of aging, disability or illness.”
Recipients of Homebound Meals are part of an age group that is rapidly growing in numbers and Hohlt said it should be recognized that increased human and financial resources are required to meet the need for home bound meals.
“The number of people turning 60 who could benefit from our services is continuing to grow,” she said, “while funding for these programs and services has not been increased since 2010.”
Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m., and walking starts at 9:30.
For more information, or to obtain a pledge form, make a donation or volunteer to work, call Hohlt at 417-967-4119.