Legion prepping wellness kits for seniors

Tyler Waugh

The Hinton Legion is leveraging a New Horizons grant to assemble and distribute around 2,000 health and wellness kits to local seniors in the coming month.

The Legion applied for the grant in July and obtained the $20,000 grant over the past month, with the proceeds to be added to support from local businesses to obtain contents for the kit.

“We wanted to give (seniors) some help staying safe and New Horizons is for projects that help seniors,” said Beryl Whitney, a Legion board member who led the project.

“We figured around $10 a bag. We want to put in a mask, gloves, some hand sanitizer and lip stuff in there. We want to put some playing cards and maybe some other items in them as well.”

Whitney said there will be one bag available per person and seniors can reserve their bag by calling the Legion at (780) 865-3116.

Residents at Pine Valley Lodge and Hinton Continuing Care will have bags dropped off for them by the Legion.

Whitney said the plan is to have seniors come by the Legion to pick up the bags, though if they require delivery that might be arranged as well.

In other Legion news, Whitney said that the annual Remembrance Day service may be held outside by the cenotaph at the Legion instead of indoors at the Hinton Centre as has been the norm over the years.

“We’ve thought about having the ceremony broadcast inside the Legion as well so that we can accommodate seniors … about 100 of them with 50 up and 50 down,” said Whitney, adding that there may also be some tents erected outside to protect some people against the elements.

There has been no final decision made, said Whitney, and details will be released closer to the  Nov. 11 event.