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Derik Vanderford|The Union Times Missy Wilkes — United Way Community Relationship Manager for Union County — delivers “Bags of Love” to seniors at Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberrry Street in Union.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Times “Bags of Love” were distributed to senior citizens by the United Way at the Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberry Street in Union.


UNION — Local seniors received love by the bagfuls for Valentine’s Day courtesy of United Way of the Piedmont.

As one of its quarterly projects, Union County’s United Way of the Piedmont office — located at the Union County Partnership Center at 115 Thomas Street, Union — collected donations of items to be placed in Valentine’s Day “Bags of Love,” which were distributed to seniors at Union County Council on Aging’s senior center in Union.

Missy Kirby Wilkes — United Way of the Piedmont Community Relationship Manager for Union County — said she was excited to deliver the bags, as this was the first quarterly project she had spearheaded in Union County since being hired last October.

“Everyone at the senior center was thrilled to receive their gifts, which in turn thrilled me as well,” Wilkes said. “Everyone was so eager to converse and thankful for all the goodies they received.”

The bags included donated items such as books, toiletries, gloves, cards, calendars, brushes and combs, tissue, devotional books, soap, candy, non-perishable food items and more.

Wilkes said she holds Union County Council on Aging near and dear to her heart because her grandmother, Dixie Fisher (age 82) volunteers at the senior center in Buffalo each day. Wilkes said the senior center in Union was a start, and she looks forward to leading projects in the future to assist the centers in Buffalo — located at the I.G. Vanderford Building on Flat Drive — and Jonesville — located at the Town of Jonesville Municipal Complex.

Wilkes also expressed thanks for the Union County Chamber of Commerce and The Union Times agreeing to collect bag donations leading up to their delivery.

For more information about United Way of the Piedmont, visit www.uwpiedmont.org. For United Way information specific to Union County or to learn about local volunteer opportunities, contact Missy Wilkes at mwilkes@uwpiedmont.org or (864) 606-9004.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Times Missy Wilkes — United Way Community Relationship Manager for Union County — delivers “Bags of Love” to seniors at Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberrry Street in Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ibags2.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Times Missy Wilkes — United Way Community Relationship Manager for Union County — delivers “Bags of Love” to seniors at Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberrry Street in Union.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Times “Bags of Love” were distributed to senior citizens by the United Way at the Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberry Street in Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_bagsoflove.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Times “Bags of Love” were distributed to senior citizens by the United Way at the Union County Council on Aging’s senior center on Gadberry Street in Union.

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

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