Drive-up mask, emergency box distribution for seniors set for Friday

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding a drive-up face mask distribution event from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Howell Senior Center, 925 W. Grand River Ave.  

The agency has approximately 2,000 KN95 masks to give away at the event. The masks are available to people 60 and older. (Family members may also pick up on behalf of an older loved one.) People may have two masks per person in their household—up to 10 total.

AAA 1-B is holding the event as part of the MI Mask Aid Project, an initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Also available that day will be emergency food boxes and personal care packages for older adults. There is a limited quantity of both these items, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The emergency boxes contain a variety of shelf-stable food, including cereal, canned vegetables, canned meat, rice, pasta and peanut butter. The boxes can create 22 meals, and a sheet with meal ideas and recipes is included. The food was secured in partnership with MDHHS, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Gleaner’s Community Food Bank.

The personal care packages contain personal care products, along with activities to help reduce social isolation. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and a toothbrush are some of the items included, along with playing cards and large-print crossword puzzles.

To help limit contact, people are asked to stay in their vehicles. An AAA 1-B staff member will load items into trunks as seniors drive up.

Michael Karson, AAA 1-B president and CEO, said the event is all about giving seniors in the community what they need to stay safe during the pandemic. “These masks are going to help them stay protected if they have to go out,” he explains. “And the food boxes and personal care supplies are hopefully going to reduce the number of times they have to do that.”

For more information about the event or to find assistance and resources for older adults, please call the AAA 1-B Resource Center at (800) 852-7795 or visit aaa1b.org.

About the Area Agency on Aging 1-B

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is a nonprofit agency responsible for services to more than 760,000 people ages 60 and older in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.  Through the provision of home care and community-based services, older adults and people with disabilities are given options that can help maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

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