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Letters: Thanks for help with two holiday events

Thanks for bringing Santa

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who played a part in the Community Golfers/SBT Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner and the Santa Claus Is Coming To Town event.

With your sincere dedication and support, we were able to have two wonderful events for the community.

Our hearts are still filled with joy and the many blessings bestowed upon us. With arms stretched wide, we once again say thank you.

Nedra and O'neal Larkin, Clearwater

Help others SHINE on

In Dunedin, volunteers have the opportunity to shine and serve local elders and persons with disabilities.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. heads a health insurance assistance program in which volunteers provide one-on-one counseling and information to Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers. Appropriately called SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), the program's mission is to provide free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health care choices.

SHINE gives volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills through professional training programs, to meet new people during outreach and partnership, and to acquire health care knowledge that can be applied to their own lives.

The SHINE Program also offers a unique volunteer experience that engages individuals in their communities. Take, for example, Miriam Benitez-Nixon and Joseph Nixon in Dunedin, who joined the program last year and have been actively counseling and promoting SHINE services in their community ever since.

To continue the program's success in serving Dunedin's seniors, the Area Agency on Aging needs more volunteers to join in its efforts.

As a SHINE volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to serve your community by providing information and counseling assistance about Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, prescription assistance and long-term care planning.

SHINE volunteers also conduct educational presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events.

Floridians who enjoy interacting with people, learning new skills and information, and are ready to fill a serious need by volunteering should consider contributing their time to SHINE. For more information on becoming a SHINE volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 (1-800-96-ELDER) or visit

Sue Samson, SHINE program manager, Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc.

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