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Extra steps taken to keep elderly warm in EBR

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Posted: Dec 13, 2010 5:10 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Dec 13, 2010 5:10 PM
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Topics: St. Vincent de Paul, Elderly, Cold, Heaters, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Extra steps were taken today to make sure the elderly stay warm as the forecast temperature dips into the mid 20's this evening.

Heaters were passed out to the elderly in need, and at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging workers made sure the elderly had a warm place to stay.

"We're just seeing how they are doing, and if they are staying warm," Johnny Dykes with East Baton Rouge Council on Aging said.

Nearly a half dozen heaters were purchased to go to the elderly who may be left in the cold this evening.

"We went out and bought the last four or five heaters that we could find of this type which is only one I feel comfortable putting in the homes," Dykes said.

People at the Council on Aging want others to check on the elderly.

"Some of them can't get around too well," Ruth Aguillard said. "I don't think they can move around enough to help themselves."

"The elderly a lot of times don't get around like the younger groups do, and maybe they don't think to put enough clothes on," Marva Johnson said.

Workers at the Council want the elderly to know if they don't have a warm place to stay this evening, St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army are good options of places to get out of the cold.

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