AARP is motivated to serve the community

Staff Writer

The Clay County Chapter of AARP are not just sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair.

The members may be retired, but they are working hard in the community to make it a better place.

"We are still taking donations of canned and non-perishable food at Sonic Drive-In for the Project Homestead Food Pantry," Josetta Jefferson, president of the CCAARP said. "You don't even have to get out of your car. The carhops will take it to the bin. That project will be continuing for a while."

Jefferson said if you make a donation to the Food Pantry, you can receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone at Sonic. She said it was a perk Sonic of West Point wanted to give those who donate canned food.

The CCAARP was visible at the West Point Farmers Market with the Fresh Save Program again this past season.

"We had hoped the program would reach out to young people with children," Jefferson said. "Those who receive SNAP benefits were able to obtain tokens for food bought at the Farmers Market. If they bought $10 worth of food they received tokens for another $10 to spend at the Farmers Market. We wanted families to be able to afford fresh, healthy foods."

Ella Seay, a member of CCAARP said the group joins with other local organizations. Members of CCAARP are volunteering their time at the Project Homestead Food Pantry in addition to taking donations at Sonic.

"We are a Bright Horizons Partner," Seay said. "We donate to East Side Pre-k and we read to the children and are Book Buddies with them."

Jefferson said anyone is welcome to join CCAARP ages 50 and above. She invites everyone to come to the meetings every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Clay County Sheriff's office in the last office. "We have guest speakers who bring us information," Jefferson said.

"They talk about health issues, writing will and estate planning, drivers safety and things that can enhance our quality of life."

Jefferson said once a year AARP offers a workshop on safe driving that upon completion can lower car insurance.

"Norman Armstrong would help raise awareness for the safe driving program every year," Jefferson said. "We all miss him so much. He would help get the word out and we would always have plenty of people to participate."

Seay said the CCAARP made donations to several local organizations, such as the Bryan Public Library, the WPCSD Alternative School, the West Point Alumnae Chapter for the restoration of Northside School, Adopt-A-Family, Clay County Day Care, to name a few.

"We at CCAARP Chapter 5252 would like to express our gratitude to the people who sponsored a fish fry in our honor a few months ago," Jefferson said. "Sheriff Eddie Scott, his wife and his staff, Judge McBrayer and his wife, Michelle Easterling, Sherman and Amy Berry, Michael Weaver and all the city officials who were so kind to give us the fish fry, Thank you from all of us."

Jefferson said if people think CCAARP is for old people, come join them and try to keep up