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Teen launches project to benefit shut-in seniors

Melanie Speicher

March 23, 2014

NEW BREMEN — Rosie Westerbeck, a freshman at New Bremen High School and current Miss Apple Blossom’s Outstanding Teen, has created a giving project that will benefit local shut-in seniors.


“I want do something to help local senior citizens who cannot get out and socialize, shop and so on,” said Westerbeck. “So, my mom and I came up with the Easter Basket Extravaganza to help show our shut-in friends that we care about them. During Lent, we’re going to make it very easy for people to remember shut-in seniors.”


“We’ve placed a giant Easter Basket in the office of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce at the Lockkeeper’s House,” said Westerbeck. “People can drop items off at the chamber to be donated to local shut-in seniors. We’ll collect the items and on Good Friday, we’ll distribute them to seniors who can benefit from receiving them.” Local agencies who serve seniors will help Miss Westerbeck connect with shut-in seniors around New Bremen, Minster and St. Marys.


Westerbeck offers this list of gifts that would be ideal for shut-in seniors: grocery store gift certificates, chamber gift certificates, large print activity books, large print books and magazines, book marks, outlet flashlights, night lights, picture frames, page/reading magnifiers, blankets and lap throws, boxes of greeting cards and stamps, jar openers, cool touch oven rack guards, potholders, old TV shows on DVD, unscented soaps and lotions, candy, local newspaper subscriptions.


“Let’s reach out as a community and let our shut-in senior friends know that we care,” said Westerbeck. “This is something really easy to do that can make a really positive impact in the lives of some important people.”


Westerbeck will be competing in the Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen competition in June. She finished fourth runner up in the 2013 competition.