“This is our way, and hopefully it takes off,” those are the encouraging words, Mike Newberry uses day in and day out at his shop.
When it comes to hard times seniors often get overlooked. Wanting to make a change, Newberry is joining the Alpena Senior Citizens Center to dig a little deeper for the holidays to try to help pay some bills donating all oil changes to the seniors in the area.
“I hear a lot of the seniors come in and they can’t afford some of the things that their insurance won’t cover. It’s unfortunate; we need to help. The seniors it seems like they are forgotten about. They’ve put their time in a whole lot and it’s time to give them a little respect,” Newberry said.
The senior center has created a method for the program due to the mass volume of needs.
“We’ve developed an application process along with the application of course for seniors that are need such as co–pays, we’ve got one senior that needs help with getting an ID bracelet that has Alzheimer’s, we have request for someone to help when the snow starts coming. So this isn’t just monetary, it’s also people developing their time,” Center Manager, B.J. Sander said.
Newberry and the senior center hope to make this a permanent foundation in 2018.
“He sees the need out there and it makes me so happy to know that there are so many compassionate people in this community that are willing to help our seniors. After all we are a retirement community and we have tons of seniors out there that do need help,” Sander said.