Generations Unlimited is ‘blessed by heroes’

Dear Editor,

Maya Angelou said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

Generations Unlimited has recently been blessed by heroes in many forms.

As most of you know, Generations Unlimited provides home-delivered meals to the neediest homebound seniors in Barnwell County to help keep them in their homes as long as possible. We made the determination that we needed a walk-in cooler/freezer to help us improve and expand services. The cost for a new cooler/freezer was prohibitive, so we started looking for a used one.

The first hero in this story is Gilbert Douglas of Action Abatement and Demo in Monks Corner. He located a walk-in cooler/freezer that was in excellent condition at a school in Columbia where he was working on a demolition project. He contacted our agency and offered to donate the freezer if we could have it moved and relocated within a short time frame.

The second group of heroes stepped in at this point. Jenny Riley, our Special Projects Manager, found an old article in the paper about SRNS Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) volunteers. They worked on a similar project last year. Jenny contacted Tommy Williamson who was mentioned in the article and he agreed to get his team together to tackle the project. His team included T.C. Green, Stan Hampton, Johnny Holden, Jeff Cox and Michael Sanders. They made a trip to evaluate the project, disassembled and relocated the freezer in one day, transported the freezer using their own vehicles and spent at least 12 hours reassembling the cooler. They worked in extreme heat and through storms to get the job done.

Jenny was also able to locate volunteers, who prefer to remain anonymous, to complete the electrical work needed to get the cooler/freezer up and running.

Even though she is a paid employee for Generations Unlimited, Jenny Riley is one of the heroes too. From the time I mentioned the need for a cooler/freezer, she went above and beyond her job duties to find us one and to coordinate all the various complicated tasks involved in getting it up and running.

Heroes come in many guises. They are not always flashy and noticeable. All the people mentioned here are heroes who work to make this a better place for all.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the seniors that will benefit from this project, thank you.

Lisa Firmender,

Executive Director

Generations Unlimited