DUNCAN, OK (TNN) - Seniors at a community center there are cruising around town in a new van.
The Douglass Community Center got the van back in January after the McCasland Foundation approved them for a grant. This is the first brand new handicap accessible van they’ve ever had.
“Anytime I can help people, I love that, so there’s not a price tag you can put on that,” said Michael Fugett.
Michael Fugett has been driving previous donated vans at The Douglass Community Center for about 4 years. He said they use the new van often.
“We take them to doctors, medicine. We take them out to buy groceries because they don’t have a way to get around. We not only bring them here, but it’s very good and I don’t have to lift the wheel chairs," said Fugett.
The Douglass Community Center offers a variety of activities for seniors on a weekly basis.
Executive Director, Shannon Hall-Sanders said they were able to find a van that was handicap accessible. She said this is a way to engage with more seniors and bring them to the center so they’re not stuck in the house.
“We want them to feel home away from home, engage in the activities with other seniors. We implement other programs. We just like to love, laugh, and have fun," said Hall-Sanders.
She said they also take the seniors on field trips. Most recently, to Golden Corral in Lawton. Fugett said the reactions from the seniors when they go on field trips are priceless.
“They get very excited when we go on a trip, very excited. You think we’re going to Vegas when we say we’re going on a trip. They get excited," said Fugett.
Hall-Sanders said they are always accepting donations such as arts and crafts, non-perishable food items, hygiene and health products. She said the seniors are very thoughtful and appreciative for all that is done for them.
“They always, always tell me thank you for what you do and that really touches my heart because you know what they’re my elders, so when I’m able to assist them and love on them it really makes my day," said Hall-Sanders.
The Douglass Community Center also accepts monetary donations which they use to fund field trips. For more information about the center you can call (580) 255-9579 and look them up on Facebook.