Story last updated at 3:08 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Seniors appreciate support
Anchor Point Senior Citizens and those who live in the Anchor Point area have benefited greatly by help from Rep. Drew Scalzi. He was instrumental in obtaining a legislative grant of $120,000 to Anchor Point Senior Citizens Inc.

This grant will fund the construction of a new Grandma Ann's Helping Hands structure to be located on senior center property on Milo Fritz Avenue. Helping Hands serves the entire community by providing clothing, household goods and furniture without charge to needy people and burn-out victims. Emergency cash for critical needs, such as groceries, payment of electric bills or medications is also made available in special cases.

Donations from the community at large fund the operations of Helping Hands, and dedicated volunteers from both the senior citizens and others in the community enable Helping Hands to provide its essential services. The building on the Sterling Highway which houses the Helping Hands operations at present is unsafe and too small, so that provision of new quarters is urgent. Rep. Scalzi was a key player in helping to meet the need.

Drew Scalzi has also donated to Anchor Point Senior Citizens Inc. a large walk-in freezer, which he owned personally. It meets one of the priority needs at the senior center. We are most grateful for Drew's help and generosity.

Virginia M. Talley, secretary Anchor Point Senior Citizens Inc.