GRAFTON, Mass. - The van that taxis around the elderly in Grafton is rusty, leaks water and the handicap lift is broken.
It's not the reliable transportation it once was, but it still shuttles seniors to medical and therapy appointments, shopping destinations and other places to help those who no longer drive. But an advocate for the seniors said it is time for a new van.
"These problems are preventing the van from fully completing its mission of providing the much-needed transportation for our seniors," Rita Cohen, president of Friends of the Grafton Elders, or FOGE, said in a statement.
In December, her organization launched a fundraiser. It is working to raise $60,000 to buy a new van but have raised only $5,000 so far. Cohen said she will continue the fundraiser indefinitely until it hits the goal.
Seniors rely on FOGE to help them make ends meet and to improve their quality of life.
The group has funded or partially funded senior center programs such as exercise classes, computer labs, heating fuel assistance and transportation assistance. FOGE has also helped seniors in housing crises and other emergency situations.
The organization, a 501(c)(3) charity, is asking for tax-deductible donations of any size payable to FOGE. For more information, visit its website or click on the attachment.