Gulf Coast Single Mothers to Receive $10,000 Gift

On July 21, 2010 Red Fox Games donated through the Salvation Army Gulf Coast Division, $10,000 to be used to help ten single mothers who had lost their jobs because of the Gulf Oil Spill. Each family received $1000 to help make ends meet during this troubling time.

We know that a lot of our fellow Americans along the Gulf Coast are struggling during this crisis and it is our goal to stimulate others to help our fellow citizens during their time of need. We cannot and must not ignore Americans in need.

Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and do likewise".

Senior Centers receive $10,000 gift to continue
medication program

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, left, congratulates G. Vaughn Smith, right, who donated $10,000 on Tuesday to Senior Centers of Spartanburg for the purchase of medication for needy seniors.

Tired of news reports about neglected seniors with no food or heat at home, 68-year-old G. Vaughn Smith was moved to donate $10,000 to the Senior Centers of Spartanburg County.

"I'm tired of hearing stories about elderly people who can't afford to live in their homes," said Smith, president of Red Fox Games in Woodruff. "I'm tired of hearing stories about elderly people who have to choose between food and medications."

The author of "The Eleventh Commandment" called his donation "a tithe" that he was making because of his personal faith in God.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, the local agency on aging's executive director, Nancy Ogle, said the money would be used to sustain a medication management program, which ran out of funding at the end of September and has only been able to continue operating thanks to volunteers.

"A lot of our seniors, to save money, will cut their medications in half," Ogle said. "They have to be trained and taught how to properly take their medications."

People with chronic conditions, like diabetes, end up in the emergency room when they skimp on medications because they can't afford a full month's supply, she said. Some others just can't keep track of their medications and end up over-using or abusing pills.

Through the medication management program, a nurse works with older people on a one-on-one basis. The local agency on aging also works with drugstores and suppliers to negotiate special prices to help seniors who are having problems affording their medications, Ogle said.

On Monday, a nurse in Chesnee saw 28 seniors in four hours through the program.

Ogle said there was no designated funding source for the medication program, and she was hoping Smith's donation would be seed money.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who oversees the state's Office on Aging, joined Smith, Ogle and others at Spartanburg's Senior Life and Wellness Center.

"I love it when we're involving faith-based communities in aging," Bauer said. "All this works together. All of us together with an ultimate goal of improving seniors' lives."

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Vaughn Smith Donates $20,000 to Senior Centers

Charity Donation

Vaughn Smith presents a $20,000 check to Gus Metz, chairman of the board of Senior Centers of Spartanburg County, and Sandra K. Owensby, also with the Senior Centers.

Less than one Year ago, Vaughn Smith presented a donation of $10,000 to the Senior Center of Spartanburg County.

Now, in honor of the 20th anniversary of his successful business, Smith is making an additional $20,000 donation in conjunction with a church challenge grant. In this callenge, a number of area churches gave to support the needs of senior citizens in Spartanburg County.

The check presentation was held at the Senior Life and Wellness Club on Sept. 17.

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