New program offers comfort and care

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

Starting this February, East Cooper Meals on Wheels will provide new recipients with a “Comfort and Care Package” as a welcome gift with their first day's delivery. The Comfort and Care Package program helps address the gap many recipients have in obtaining small personal care and hygiene items. The Comfort and Care Package is a gallon-sized plastic bag filled with useful and fun items. All items are brand new and most of the items are personal care, convenience goods, and games to enjoy. The contents consist of common items used by many on a daily basis and can easily be purchased in a local convenience store, but access to them can often be a real challenge for people in our community who are homebound.

According to Adrian Wieland, Program and Volunteer Manager, the concept of the program came from the generous donations of Mrs. Elizabeth Causey, who has annually donated 200 care packages during the Christmas season since 2007. “Mrs. Causey has really provided us with a great springboard to launch a new program, which will provide more opportunities for our community members seeking a partnership with a flexible schedule,” said Wieland. “In addition to providing a little extra TLC for our new recipients, the program allows for increased engagement with local businesses and organizations.”

When Brooks Carmichael, volunteer chair for the Charitable Society of Charleston, was seeking new volunteer opportunities for the society, the Comfort and Care Package program at East Cooper Meals on Wheels was an ideal fit for the organization's needs. The Charitable Society of Charleston is committed to making a difference through volunteerism to serve our community, with an interest in partnering with organizations that serve children, the elderly, individuals with special needs, and community wellness. For more information on the Charitable Society of Charleston, visit www.charitablesocietyofcharleston.org.

“When we were presented with the opportunity to partner with East Cooper Meals on Wheels through their newly created Comfort and Care Package program, it fit our mission perfectly,” said Carmichael. “We are able to provide for the needs of a local nonprofit, such as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, while allowing us the flexibility to participate outside the normal operating hours.”

To donate items, to volunteer, or for more information about the Comfort and Care Package Program, please contact Adrian Wieland, Program and Volunteer Manager by email at awieland@ecmow.org or by phone at 843-881-9350.

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