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‘Soup for Seniors’ fills pantry

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By Nancy Kennedy

INVERNESS — Christmas is for seniors, too.

Just in time to help replenish the pantry shelves of Citrus United Basket (CUB), last week Phyllis Rimes, the director of business development for SunCrest/OMNI Home Health in Homosassa, presented Deborah Rossfeld, CUB executive director, with 284 pounds of non-perishable food from the agency’s “Soup for Seniors” campaign.

“In the past we’ve contributed toys for Toys for Tots, which benefits CUB, but we wanted to do something for seniors this time,” Rimes said.

“With the economy the way it is, we thought collecting ‘soup for seniors’ would fit right in with what CUB is doing and also because much of what we do is geared toward serving seniors.”

Part of what SunCrest/OMNI Home Health does includes providing skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social worker and home health aide care.

Rossfeld said increasingly, CUB helps more seniors with food and was visibly appreciative of the Soup for Seniors donation, which included much more than soup.

Rimes said the donation was a gift not just from SunCrest/OMNI Home Health, but from their many partnering referral sources — local physicians, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and others.

“It’s our way to give back to the community and benefit the people we serve, the seniors,” Rimes said.