Program raises nearly $7,000 |

Program raises nearly $7,000

Funds will aid low-income seniors and disabled residents

Gary E. Salazar

— Four years ago, a Routt County Human Services worker started a program during the holidays that benefits low-income senior citizens and disabled residents in the county.

In the past three years, donations have ranged between $900 and $1,000.

As Christmas approaches this year, the program, started by Ruth Ann Mewborn, has raised close to $7,000.

“We never thought in our wildest dreams this program would take off like it has,” said Bob White, county human services director. “Routt County is truly a caring and giving community.”

A majority of the donated funds came from a local radio station, KBCR, which raised about $5,000.

The radio station was able to raise the money because of its program “A Big Country Caring Christmas.”

About $1,635 was raised from other entities that include Wal-Mart, Community First Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, First National Bank and county employees.

White gave a lot of credit to the radio station for giving the effort publicity and help.

“The exposure the radio station gave us made a huge difference,” White said.

Mewborn, who is an eligibility technician for the department, started the program because she saw that some senior citizens were struggling during the holidays.

“Most senior citizens live on a very small amount of money each month,” she said. “Many did not have money left over for Christmas and the holidays. This helps them out.”

To help out disabled residents and seniors who are in need of the assistance, Mewborn is planning to use the money to purchase gift certificates from businesses that include Safeway, Wal-Mart, City Market and Bonfiglio Drug.

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