By KARA JEFFERS
Groups in the Lincoln County community are banding together to bring some holiday joy to elderly residents this December.
The Salvation Army, partnered with the Lincoln County Council on Aging (LCCOA) and Girl Scout troops #4828 and #2841 have teamed up for the annual Homebound Project.
This project reaches out to a sometimes forgotten group of community members whom the program defines as “homebound.” To be homebound, an individual needs to be elderly, have low income and have difficulty or an inability to leave their house. The project delivers bags of household goods purchased by the Salvation Army from funds raised by their Red Kettle donations.
Each bag holds around 10-15 different household and personal care items like soap, deodorant, flashlights and magnifying glasses. Every bag also has some form of mental entertainment such as a word puzzle or coloring book.
This year, the two Girl Scout troops volunteered their time to help LCCOA package the bags before they were delivered by LCCOA with their meal delivery program.
There are 141 recognized homebound citizens in Lincoln County this year, most of which can be found in Troy, but also some in Silex, Elsberry and other small communities in the area.
“When they’re homebound, they can’t get out, can’t socialize,” said John Emerson, chairman of the Salvation Army Lincoln County Services Extension. “This is an effort to show them that someone cares, especially during Christmastime.”