Volunteers help the elderly ahead of the possible inclement weather

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Volunteers in Lenoir County are making sure the elderly are prepared.

82-year-old Dale Warner and 74-year-old Rudy Mintz are taking time out of their day to help others.  The best friends volunteer with the Lenoir County Council on Aging every Thursday. No matter how many times they have to turn around, the duo always gets to the people in need.

“Sometimes dale and I get lost if I talk too much,” explained Mintz.

Mintz says it gives him peace of mind checking on the older folks who may be blind or deaf. Mintz said, “We check on them a little bit and check how they are feeling and how they are moving and report back here to the nurses here.”

With the colder temperatures and the possibility of snow in the forecast in Eastern North Carolina, both men are making sure each of their stops is heated properly and is full of food and water. The program even provides extra non-perishable meals to help those get through the inclement weather.

Executive Director Mineko Holloway says the staff places phone calls if volunteers can’t make their scheduled visit due to inclement weather.

“We do have individuals who are high fall risks or don’t have families in driving distance. We don’t go out ourselves if something is wrong, but we do call the appropriate services,” Holloway said.

Both men say they do it to give back to the community because they never know when they might need it.

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