BB&T effort helps seniors keep cool

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Mark Bulluck, left, chats with BB&T branch bankers Ally Glover, center, and Terri Witt as they present him with a new 20-inch box fan while delivering his Meals on Wheels lunch Tuesday at his home. The BB&T Bank Lighthouse Project is donating 83 fans to Meals on Wheels clients.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

With Meals on Wheels clients operating on a fixed income, keeping expenses such as electric bills within a certain budget is important for them to live.

“They’re always trying to save money on their electricity,” said Jan Warren, executive director of Meals on Wheels in Rocky Mount. “When we go into their homes, they will have the lights very low and they don’t move around that much either, so they don’t need their air conditioner as high. But it’s a dangerous time of year — if they don’t stay cool and hydrate, they can have health problems.”

Stepping up to help Meals on Wheels’ clients try to stay cool during the spring and summer months is BB&T.  The local bank selected Meals on Wheels as the recipient of its BB&T Light House Project this year, which is an annual, company-wide community service effort where employees help out in the community.

Ally Glover, branch banker at BB&T in Rocky Mount, said each region performs a community service project each year. Glover said BB&T in Rocky Mount chose to help with the efforts of Meals on Wheels by deciding to donate 20-inch box fans to Meals on Wheels’ clients.

“Helping a need in the community is something that’s important to BB&T, and it’s part of our mission and values to serve the communities that we live in,” Glover said. 

Glover said 25 BB&T employees in its mortgage, commercial and small business departments at the Sunset Avenue and Benvenue Road branches will volunteer their time to deliver meals and the box fans to the Meals on Wheels clients. Several employees came by Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount to pick up meals that they delievered to clients, while more will come by the church today and Thursday to help give out meals and the box fans.

“We partnered with Walmart and they were able to get everything in a timely manner,” Glover said. “Jan had told me that it can be hard for residents to pay their utility bills during the summer months, so we thought it was a good idea to give them box fans to hopefully help them stay cool, not have to use the air conditioner as much and save on electric bills.”

Warren told the volunteer employees that clients are unaware that they are getting the fans. Warren said the 83 box fans will be delivered one per household.

“It’s a big help to us that in addition to donating the fans that they wanted to deliver them and the meals,” she said. “It really makes you understand what impact you have on their lives when you visit.”

Warren said Meals on Wheels has been able to add six more clients on its delivery routes and will be adding two more delivery routes by next year, which is estimated to be about 24 more people being served.

Next month, Meals on Wheels will have its second annual “Shop for a Cause” on June 7 at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry at West End Plaza in Rocky Mount. A percentage of the day’s sales will be donated to support Meals on Wheels in Rocky Mount. Warren said the inaugural event raised $1,800. The event also will feature a food truck from Raleigh for lunch and a wine tasting hosted by Benvenue Country Club.