During these unbearably hot summer months, checking on the elderly can be a life-saving task, but one group pledges to reach out to them year-round.
The volunteer-based organization Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly pledges to care for the elderly with one simple goal: by being a friend.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was movie time for a small group of special friends. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly organized the trip for the nearly two dozen Cincinnati residents. The goal is to treat folks like Ms. Elizabeth Blanton, who is 83 years young, to a day out on the town.
"I try to keep it going!" Ms. Blanton laughed. "What do they say? Keep it moving!"
On Tuesday, it is was all about treating the group of elderly to lunch and then a movie. They had a choice of watching three different films at the Danbury Theater in the Cincinnati Mills Mall. Their options included: Mr. Penguin's Poppers, Hangover 2 and X Men.
"X-Man, yeah! I thought it was wonderful," said Blanton. "Except for when they were talking that Japanese talk. I didn't know what they were saying!"
In all seriousness, Ms. Blanton said the organization has saved her. She said her life before she became involved with the non-profit five years ago was completely different.
"Couldn't go nowhere," said Blaton. "Didn't have no car. I couldn't drive. Couldn't get nobody to pick me up so the Little Brothers were just what I needed."
Executive Director Yogi Wess said that's what the organization is all about-- relieving isolation and loneliness.
"We exist to kind of fill that need," said Wess. "To fill that void in somebody's life. That need for friendship. That need for a belonging group. A community that they can feel that they're wanted, needed and loved."
Wess said they have several summer outings, taking the elderly to various events and locations they normally wouldn't have the opportunity to visit. This summer the group is excited to check out the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
The Cincinnati organization has six special events throughout the year, geared toward raising money for Little Brothers. The 14th Annual Tom Wess Memorial Golf Outing will be held on September 10th at the Glenview Golf Course. It's one of just a few events the organization depends on to keep it up and running.
But Wess said the Little Brothers also can't work without all of their volunteers.
Laurie McGrail is a visiting volunteer. She's spent the last 11 years visiting her elderly friend at home and accompanying her to several outings.
"We go on the B&B Riverboat," said McGrail. "We go to the museums. We've gone to the parks and to plays and movies. We even went to a vacation place in Chicago and Amish country."
Ms. Blanton even met her husband at one of those events!
"We met up at the Senior Prom," said Blanton. "We've been together ever since!"
Proving the method the Little Brothers uses to connect the caring with those who need a little care is what's working for all involved.
Monday, May 20 2013 1:49 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:49:35 GMT
Two people are in the hospital after their motorcycle crashed while police were chasing them.South Carolina Highway patrol said the chase started just after 2 a.m. Monday. They said the motorcycle driverMore >>
Two people are in the hospital after their motorcycle crashed while police were chasing them.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:12:36 GMT
The Sam's Club in Aiken opened its hiring center Monday morning. The new Sam's Club on Jefferson Davis Highway is set to open this fall. The store is looking to fill nearly 200 full-time and part-timeMore >>
The Sam's Club in Aiken opened its hiring center Monday morning. The new Sam's Club on Jefferson Davis Highway is set to open this fall. The store is looking to fill nearly 200 full-time and part-time positions. Club Manager Gerald they've already had 100 applicants before 11 a.m.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:31 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:31:42 GMT
Relatives and dozens of Beech Island community members gathered today in front of Island Cuts Barbershop to remember Zann Worrell. "I was totally surprised and very happy that everybody came out becauseMore >>
Dozens of Beech Island residents gathered tonight to remember Zann Worrell, who was fatally shot in his barbershop on Saturday afternoon.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:18:38 GMT
Aiken County deputies say they searched with New Ellenton police officers for two armed men who shot dogs on Sizemore Avenue on Saturday night. Aiken County deputies say they started searching for the suspectsMore >>
UPDATE: Neighbors are shocked after two suspects shot three dogs in a New Ellenton neighborhood Saturday night. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:20:12 GMT
One person has been transported to the hospital after being shot at Axis Barbershop in Beech Island. Aiken County dispatch said it happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There are at least two suspects,More >>
Aiken County Coroner's office has confirmed that 32 year old Zann Worrell Jr. of North Augusta died at GRU Medical Center on May 18, 2013 at 3:37 p.mMore >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 3:11 PM EDT2013-05-19 19:11:10 GMT
Richmond County Dispatch confirms there has been a stabbing at a Family Dollar. Deputies say it happened on the 2900 block of Dean's Bridge Road around 7:18 tonight. Information is limited at this tiMore >>
UPDATE: Richmond County investigators said Tonya S. Terry was stabbed several times in the chest area inside the Family Dollar on Dean's Bridge Road Saturday evening.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:04 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:04:50 GMT
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road. Firefighters were on the scene until around 8:30 a.m. No injuriesMore >>
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road.
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:23:19 GMT
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by whatMore >>
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by what investigators said was a bat along the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:19 GMT
Instead of spending the day at the computer, some Augustans spent their day learning about it. People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta'sMore >>
People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta's growth in the technology sector.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:55:44 GMT
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.Bradford was a Grovetown resident, according to information from a DynCorp spokesperson.The spokesperson toldMore >>
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.More >>