Southport police, several businesses and faith-based organizations are joining in helping senior citizens in Southport and Perry Township obtain food, medicine and access to doctor appointments. Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn announced Monday morning that police, Perry Senior Services and faith-based Unity for Indy are available to help citizens with essential access or transportation. Food is available at Southport’s new municipal center, 317 E. Worman Ave.
Perry Senior Services joined with police and Unity for Indy in picking up food and prescriptions for residents 60 years or older, an age-group identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as the most susceptible to Coronavirus-19.
“This service will be outstanding and will help the folks who need food and doctor visits the most,” first-term Southport Mayor Jim Cooney said. “This will get them the things they need without exposing them to the virus.” Cooney continued, “It’s important that we help each other during these critical times. We need to shelter in place; we are doing that, and we are maintaining social distance and we are helping folks. Our seniors will get the food they need and doctor visits they need.”
Police Chief Wright said police began delivering meals and helping seniors late last week. Pet food also is
included. Wright soon reached out to the senior citizens organization and to area churches. Melissa Johnson, executive director of Perry Senior Services, and pastor Rebecca Stoltz, Drinking at the Well ministries, spoke briefly Monday.
Vaughn expressed appreciation for the Midwest Food Bank that donated food items, Christy’s Auction for a truck and manpower to move in food items, Lowe’s for a freezer, and Home Depot for a refrigerator. The food items are stored in the police department’s training building.
“Born and raised on the Southside, I can tell you that the Southside bands together during times of need,” Vaughn said. “One of the things that broke my heart when Coronavirus started, we saw everybody running to the stores (grocery). It got us to thinking about the seniors who can’t jump up, get to the stores and stand in long lines.”
Vaughn said the project has grown quickly with the help of volunteers who helped package bags of food Thursday and Friday.
“We are here to help,” Vaughn said. “It’s part of our ‘protect and serve’ – that’s what we do.” The service also is available for those of any age with physical or mental issues. For help with obtaining or being driven to pick up food, prescriptions or to a doctor, call Perry Senior Services at 317-783-9231, leave a message at the hotline at 317-2240183 or visit perryseniorservices.org, or southportpolice. org.