Whitehouse REC launches new program to get food, supplies to seniors

Whitehouse REC launches new program to get food, supplies to seniors

WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KLTV) - The Whitehouse REC started a new program, called REC Helps, that assists seniors at Oak Brook Health Care Center get extra supplies for their everyday needs.

KLTV's Dante Nuñez sat down with a volunteer who spent the morning going out and grabbing items like bread, peanut butter, and other household items.

“Absolutely excited to do it. I feel like i’m the hands and feet for those who can’t. So, I’m very happy to do anything I can to help others," Whitehouse resident and volunteer, Melisa Baggett said.

The Whitehouse REC started a new program, called REC Helps, that assists seniors at Oak Brook Health Care Center get extra supplies for their everyday needs.
The Whitehouse REC started a new program, called REC Helps, that assists seniors at Oak Brook Health Care Center get extra supplies for their everyday needs. (Source: KLTV 2020. All rights reserved.)

Volunteers are helping out during this time because of the dangers of shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Just knowing that these people can’t get out. People that they know cant come in and if I can do one thing for them, that makes them happy, that makes me happy,” she said.

Baggett received a list of items to get: bread, peanut butter, shampoo, kleenex, hairspray, and body wash.

Under tight restrictions by the CDC, no visitors are allowed inside Oak Brook so she left the supplies outside for a nurse to pick them up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the guidelines for nursing homes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the guidelines for nursing homes. (Source: Per CDC)

“It’s kind of hard for all of us, adjusting and what not, we’re just blessed to have people in our community that takes the time to do this for our residents," Vocational Nurse for Oak Brook Health Care Center, Brittany Taylor said

Baggett says she enjoyed her first experience helping out the center.

“Getting to get out and help somebody else, even if its just to run to the grocery store for them, it felt really good to help somebody I recommend it," she said.

For more volunteering opportunities, you can contact the Whitehouse REC for more.

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