LI Woman Working To Get Seniors Supplies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Sophia Hall
March 26, 2020 - 3:11 pm

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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A healthcare worker on Long Island is organizing an effort to get seniors the supplies they need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Erin Whelan is a phlebotomist at Huntington Hospital and WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports she has always been a charitable person. In the past, she helped children in need receive backpacks and school supplies.

Now, her focus is on the senior citizens of Long Island, who are stuck in their homes, unable to go most places due to the risk of becoming infected by coronavirus.

Since family members and others cannot visit with them, Whelan organized a number of healthcare workers who are putting together care packages to send to their homes.

“We wanted to keep them inside, keep them safe but also give them things that we know they needed, like toilet paper, bread, pasta and pasta sauces,” she said.

So far 56 seniors have received packages. All together the local senior center in Huntington has 300 members, and Whelan hopes to give all of the men and woman the care packages.

“You know, when we put a cross-search book in there, or like a word search book in there, just so they know, with all the chaos going on, people are thinking of them and people are reaching out. They're not just stuck in their house alone without anything they need,” she said.

These care packages will be distributed by the Town of Huntington Senior Center team who deliver meals on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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