DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Council on Aging is most notably known for providing meals to older citizens in the parish. From Monday to Friday, they provide hot meals for between 200-250 people. They also provide freezer meals for those seniors who are home-bound.
Wednesday, the COA and Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry announced that they are starting a new line of care for older citizens, called Coats for Seniors.
The COA donates heaters during the cold months, but recently the executive director, Leila Faucheux, came up with the coats idea and contacted the mayor.
"I said well how bad is it?" said Mayor Landry. "She said the other day when we had the freeze, one of our citizens showed up and all she had was sweatpants and a sweatshirt. That's all she had."
People in the community will be able to d rop off coats at the three fire stations in the Denham Springs city limits. Monetary donations can also be made.
"When you give then you get back, you know. You're blessed," said Mary Joyce Leray. She's been visiting the COA center in Denham Springs for the last two months with her daughter who has early stages of dementia.
Leray says she looks forward to her time at the center, talking with friends, having lunch and sometimes there's dancing.
"We get our hair done, we come over here. I really love it a lot," she said. "They have a guy over here, he took my picture one day and he kept telling me how beautiful I was. And I said wow! I ought to come back sometime."
Landry said even though they just announced the coat donation, he's heard from several other organizations who are interested in helping to make sure the city's senior citizens are taken care of.