Watching out for their own

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Franklin—The Senior Inspirational Group was formed in 2007 and is a part of the Oak Street Senior Citizens.

They consist of seniors from Franklin and surrounding areas who meet daily at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The group was formed to provide an inspirational lift to seniors citizens that attend the daily program that have become sick or confined to their homes or a medical facility.

Also to give comfort to members/their families during times of bereavement.

Monthly meetings are held to discuss the status of members of the Oak Street senior citizens that are absent from daily attendance.

The group has a space on the bulletin board for any senior to post the name of any member that has taken sick. Once that name has been posted, members spring into action to send a card or arrange a visit to the confined member.

Visits have been conducted to the home, assisted living facility or to the hospital. On the day of a visit the Chairperson Barbara Barnes makes arrangements to notify the person or the medical facility of the planned visit.

During the actual visit, Chairperson Barnes gives a welcome to each confined member. A scripture is read by a member, followed by a song. Prayer is given as the group draws around the member.

In case of death of a member or next of kin, the group sends flowers or cards of sympathy to the family of the deceased.

Notification is also given so members can attend the funeral services.

During this past Christmas, the group conducted close to 30 home/medical facility visits to members of the group and provided a gift to each one. The group traveled as far as Boykins during December as they, too, remembered Willie Allgood — he was a member of the Oak Street Senior Citizens Group.

The group has discovered in during their mission, that it was not only beneficial to the confined member but to each member of the group.