Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is proud to present our non-profit Member of the Month for September 2018- the New River Valley Agency On Aging.
UPS Employees Assist Homebound Seniors in Pulaski County
Dublin, Virginia, June 23, 2018 – United Parcel Service employees volunteered their time on Saturday morning to pack household supplies and personal care items for over 70 homebound seniors in Pulaski County. According to Tina King, Executive Director of the New River Valley Agency on Aging and Senior Services, the Supplies for Seniors project is a joint effort of the Montgomery County RSVP and the New River Valley Agency on Aging and Senior Services. J.D. Owens, a long term employee of UPS, wanted to help area seniors who faced obstacles with transportation and finances to have essentials that most people take for granted. On his routes, J.D. delivers packages to many seniors and knew of the challenges many faced. Under his leadership, other employees at the Dublin, Virginia hub joined in the effort to raise funds, pack the supply bags and deliver the supplies on Saturday morning. J.D and his co workers contributed funds through the Pulaski County United Way.
“The Dublin UPS employees wanted to do a project in the community so they would know where the money was utilized,” King said. “The supplies project means so much to seniors who can no longer drive, may not have friends or family to get them to the store or may lack finances to purchase such items.” Mrs. King added that the UPS project served to keep seniors connected and feeling a part of the community where they have lived in for many years.
On the Saturday morning routes, seniors were greeted by UPS with smiles and so much more. Many seniors commented to their driver that they were out of many household products, remarking that the bags arrived just in time. One senior on the routes ran out of laundry detergent and noted that her laundry had piled up for weeks, not knowing when or how she could get to the store to buy detergent.
Following the deliveries, many cards of thanks arrived commenting on the gesture of goodwill. One gentleman in the community noted that UPS’s actions truly spoke louder than words. He equated the employees to friends and treasure and remarked that his treasure chest was full. Another lady stated that the delivery felt like Christmas. She added that the care shown by the UPS staff made her community a great place to live.
Mrs. King stated that with UPS’s generosity, another delivery is planned for the fall and in early 2019. She added that seniors in the Counties of Giles and Floyd face similar challenges in obtaining household products and essential toiletries. If you would like to learn more or assist in either County, please contact the Agency on Aging.
The New River Valley Agency on Aging is a Governmental Cooperative serving the Counties of Giles, Montgomery, Floyd and Pulaski and the City of Radford. To learn more about our services, please call the office at 540.980.7720 or visit www.nrvaoa.org.