Kennett “Older Adults Keep Serving” (OAKS) promotes healthy aging through providing nutritious meals, beneficial supportive services, and social interaction to Dunklin County, Missouri senior citizens. Since 1973, Kennett OAKS has been serving daily hot meals for seniors in need. In 2016, the OAKS staff prepared and served over 105,000 meals. They also served approximately 36,800 boxes of frozen meals to homebound individuals. After recently acquiring a facility of their own, Kennett OAKS is looking to expand its services by building a new activity and nutrition center.
Kennett OAKS is currently operating the food program out of a local community center, but they have to close down and clean up by 2:00 p.m. In March 2016, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeast Missouri donated a 10,000 square foot building to Kennett OAKS. The new facility will be renovated into a senior citizen activity and nutrition center that will offer a safe, comfortable environment where seniors can maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. “The new center will allow us to keep active by having a place to come and not only enjoy food, but also become more like family,” said J. True, an OAK senior participant. “Keeping our minds and bodies active is a grand asset to all of us.”
While the new facility will open many new opportunities for Kennett OAKS to reach the community, the renovation project is estimated to cost approximately $500,000. In partnership with WoodmenLife Kentucky Chapter 930, Kennett OAKS hopes to raise $100,000 through RedBasket.org to begin phase one of the nutrition center renovation project. The first phase includes demolishing interior walls and removing any potential health threats like asbestos. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help Kennett OAKS enrich the lives of Dunklin County senior citizens by giving them a place to engage physically and socially. Donate and share this story today!
This fundraiser is part of the Fighting Hunger Challenge. During the third quarter of 2017, WoodmenLife and RedBasket.org are partnering to support our National Community Focus of Fighting Hunger. WoodmenLife chapters are encouraging community hunger relief organizations to fundraise through RedBasket.org and raise money to purchase supplies and provide meals for their communities.