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‘Project 125′ volunteers come together

April 26, 2013

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A large group of volunteers came together at the Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, on Thursday morning, April 25 to deliver 125 emergency food boxes to area residents and take part in ‘Project 125.’

About Project 125:

Pettis County Medical Reserve Corps is pleased with the response of our community and the display of support for some of our senior citizens.

This activity was organized in order to assist some of our senior citizens in their personal emergency preparedness. Brenda Moore, Senior Center Volunteer Coordinator and Malinda Nevils, Pettis County MRC Unit Coordinator identified a need and knew that it would take many people to assist with gathering, packing and delivering boxes containing a three-day emergency supply of food.

We wanted to send a message to the residents of Pettis County that not only did we need our own personal preparedness plan and supplies, but we needed to assist other members of our community in obtaining items for a food supply kit as well as information to help them plan and be prepared in case of power outages, blocked roads or any emergency such as a tornado or blizzard that could prevent them from leaving their home or prevent others from getting to their home with supplies.

Sedalia Open Door provided individual servings items as well as donations coming from Sacred Heart, St. Patrick’s, and 1st United Methodist Churches. The following youth groups from these churches called Teens Making a Difference, led by Lisa Osburn, Impact, led by Mona Sturges and the student council from Applewood Christian School, led by Lisa Cloud pulled together to collect, pack and deliver the emergency boxes.

“Ready In 3” emergency preparedness information form Department of Health & Senior Services along with the pink Door Hanger sign were also packed in the box.

During the delivery process the residents were asked if they have a non-electric can-opener, if they do not have one, one will be given to them as long a supplies last.

The youth groups and their leaders worked well together to accomplish this goal. It is something that Pettis County MRC would like to see followed up on again in November to restock some of the supplies and perhaps include a LED Lantern to help these seniors expand their emergency kits.

For any questions regarding Pettis County Medical Reserve Corps please contact Malinda Nevils at 660-827-1130.

The Sedalia Senior Center’s Home-Delivered Meals Program serves over 100 area seniors each day. The meals are prepared in the kitchen at the Center, then packaged and delivered by volunteers.

Special thanks goes to the packers: Dolores Garcia, Sandy Oelrichs, Danny Bell, Willilam Stark, Rick Everitt, Martha Everitt, and Nathan Knapp; and the drivers: Jim Moore, Danny Bell, Dale Hogan, Laura Frye, Chuck Alexander, Kenneth Whittaker, Becky Whittaker, Daniel Whittaker, Darrel Ehlers, Stanley Potts, Sue Foster, Lyndsey Hernandez, Jeff Williams, Carolyn Williams, Bob Forsyth, Sherry Tippett, Charlie Wilkerson, Vanessa Harris, Bob Harvey, Lelah Harvey, Fran Shafer, Lynn Shafer, Donna Morgan, Susan Potts, Sandy Oelrichs and J.W. Hall.

Anyone interested in becoming a participant in the Home-Delivered Meals Program can call Susan Potts at 826-0713.

Those interested in volunteering at the Center can call Brenda Moore at the same number.

About the door hanger program:

Pettis County Health Center and the Medical Reserve Corps in partnership with Pettis County Emergency Management Agency are working together to develop a program called the Community Door Hanger Program.

This program is designed to help identify community members that may be in need of assistance. During a disaster event there are individuals throughout Pettis County that may require special consideration. These considerations could be related to medical needs, age, or other reasons. The Door Hangers are not limited to these disaster events though.

Anytime resources such as electricity, heat, or water availability have been affected reaching these members of our community becomes even more important. This includes both mass interruption and individual interruption of any of the listed services.

The placement of these door hangers can help identify a health need or concern to caretakers, neighbors, and/or first responders which will lead to assistance. In case of an identified need, participating clients place the door hanger on the door.

This door hanger alerts caretakers or first responders to a need. The “Community Door Hanger Program,” should not be used in place of 911.

For an urgent medical emergency the individual must still call 911. For more information contact Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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