Volunteers helping elderly Lake Area residents

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles group is taking President Obama's challenge to volunteer. The RSVP Volunteers are stuffing envelopes for elderly shut-ins to get crucial information out that they may not have access to such as a Calcasieu prescription drug card, hurricane emergency preparedness checklist and evacuation guide as well as ways to prevent spread of swine flu.

The packets will be delivered on September 11th with the Calcasieu Meals on Wheels program as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

"We are volunteering for the elderly in the community that necessarily won't attend health fairs and receive information. So our volunteers have decided to educate the community of the homebound seniors who don't have transportation to get out and get this information," said RSVP Volunteer Director Michelle Guidry.

President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act on April 21st.

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