A-1 Home Care to hold benefits

A-1 Home Care is planning a yard sale fundraiser to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas to their adult day care residents, as well as making plans to host the free mammogram van again this year. In addition, the business is taking donations for the North County School District.

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A-1 Home Care is busy with several fundraisers to help the community. 

The business will be holding a fundraiser yard sale to help provide Thanksgiving and Christmas to their adult day care residents, and will also host the free mammogram van again this year. They are also taking donations for the North County School District.

A-1 Home Care owner Amy Keller said they have a lot going on all at once to help others within the community.

“We started collecting personal hygiene items for the school district,” said Keller. “Last year when we collected for North County’s backpack program, the social workers voiced that one of their concerns was a need for personal items.”

Keller said they decided to hold a drive in the beginning of the school year to help them collect feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, brushes and deodorant.

“There are a lot of kids who don’t have any deodorant, so we partnered with Pharmax Pharmacy in Bonne Terre,” said Keller. “We decided we would do a drive for that in the beginning of the school year.”

Keller said they are holding the drive through Oct. 15 and items can be dropped off at A-1 Home Care or Pharmax Pharmacy in Bonne Terre.

“We are also having a yard sale Oct. 6-7 at our office to raise some money to provide a Thanksgiving meal and Christmas to the adult day care participants,” said Keller. “On that Friday we will have the yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Keller said in addition to the yard sale, there will be a bounce house, snow cones and barbecue. She added they are doing this mainly for their adult day care and the participants.

“Some of these (people) do not have a Thanksgiving meal or Christmas, so we want to try to give them that and of course we (are not) reimbursed from Medicaid for things like that,” explained Keller. “So we are trying to raise money with a yard sale to hopefully fund them a Thanksgiving meal and Christmas.”

She said if they have anything left they will adopt a family and show the participants how to give to others.

“Right now we have nine participants in the adult day care and we are licensed for 13,” said Keller. “We are accepting donations for the yard sale and the items can be dropped off at the office.” 

The yard sale on that Saturday is only from 8 a.m. to noon, with other related activities going on that day. 

Keller said the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Mobile Mammography van will be coming to their office Oct. 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a chance for those without insurance or with a high deductible to get the important exam. 

“They don’t necessarily have to be over 40 years old, because if there is a family history of (breast cancer) they will also perform it for free,” said Keller. “That is a free mammogram and we are doing it in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Keller said they have done this the last couple of years, but are doing it for two days this year because they booked up so quickly last year.

“They only planned on being there for eight hours last year, but ended up staying for around 12 hours instead,” said Keller. “They told us since we have had such a huge response they decided to do it for two days this year.”

She added there will also be vendors on hand this year. Pharmax Pharmacy will be there giving flu vaccines and other vendors will be there giving out information. There will also be free blood pressure checks and other such services.

Anyone interested in signing up for a free mammogram can call 1-800-870-5731 or 314-996-5170 to schedule an appointment.

For more information contact Theresa Taylor at 314-956-9829 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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