Shopping service, delivery program offer boost to the homebound - Etcetera - 9/2/13

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Area residents can find themselves homebound or otherwise unable to do their own grocery shopping, said Theresa Regimbal, who’s volunteer and activity coordinator at the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center/The Center at the Park.

The good news for seniors and disabled people in this situation is a shopping service and Grocery Delivery Program, a collaborative effort of The Center at the Park and Walla Walla Harvest Foods.

However, the nine volunteers who have diligently taken orders and shopped for program participants will be hanging up their car keys after 25 years of dedicated service, making their final calls on Sept. 25, and final trips in the grocery aisles on Sept. 26.

“Harvest Foods owners Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood are absolutely committed to the program, as is the Senior Center, and to that end, we are working to recruit new volunteers to carry on,” Theresa said.

Individuals and groups are needed that can commit to shopping and/or calling on a given week (or weeks) of the month, such as a service club that can cover the first week of the month, a bowling team that can cover the second week, etc.

“All are welcome — quilting groups, book clubs, bunco, poker or bridge groups, dance teams, gun club members, church groups, golfers, etc. More volunteers mean a shorter time commitment for all,” she said.

Callers should plan on two-three hours on the phone Wednesday mornings.

Shoppers must to be able to arrive at Harvest Foods by 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, and spend about three hours filling orders.

Currently, the program has a commitment that will take care of just 25 percent of the clients. To volunteer, contact Theresa at 527-3775 or centervolunteers@bmi.net.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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