Friday, August 15, 2014
One of the first senior centers Yancey McGill visited when he became lieutenant governor was in Georgetown.
The folks there told him they wanted money for a “boom box,” a computer, and parties on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
He promised he’d get the money, and five weeks later he made good on that promise, delivering a check for $2,000 on Aug. 13.
“We came up with that figure and that’s exactly what he gave,” said Eudora Frasier, site manager.
McGill, the former state senator from the 32nd District, which includes Georgetown, told the seniors their facility was one of the nicest in the state.
“I bragged on you all over the state,” McGill said. “I’m proud of this center.”
One of the requests that came up a lot in McGill’s travels was for a larger television. McGill said some centers had televisions that were the size of a toaster.
In many instances, McGill said, seniors only have access to technology like boom boxes and computers at senior centers, and it makes a big difference in their lives.
Maggie Dorsey was thrilled that McGill gave them the money.
“I think it’s good,” she said.
McGill said he’s trying to start a senior week every January, similar to the current tax-free weekend every August, get free produce for seniors, and increase the homestead exemption for seniors from $50,000 to $60,000.
“That’s going to be a huge help,” he said, “because any money they don’t have to pay out in taxes … any free produce, anything that they can receive it’s going to be a big benefit.”
Rosalie Manigault, who spends time at the Georgetown center, is very happy it has a good garden to get items from.
Frasier said about 25 seniors use the facility every day.
“I see great improvement [in them] just by coming here,” she said. “There were some, when I first started doing this job, didn’t even talk. Now they interact.”