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Lebanon Rotary donates 200 flashlights to SCAN

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Rotarian Nancy Willis stops for a photo with SCAN Sgt. Don Witherspoon and Director Debbie Pare'. SABRINA GARRETT / The Wilson Post

Lebanon Noon Rotary donated more than 200 LED Flashlights to the Wilson County Senior Citizens Awareness Network this week.

SCAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization developed by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. SCAN Officers address the many needs of our senior population, whether it be a shortage of food or household items or simply feelings of isolation.

SCAN Director Debbie Pare' and Sgt. Don Witherspoon visited Rotary to accept the flashlights and thank Rotarians for their generous donation.

"You all stepped forward to help us with this and we are here to say 'Thank you,'" Witherspoon said before turning the floor over the Pare'.

Pare' said one of their initiatives this season is to talk with seniors about being prepared in an emergency.

"That is one thing we are doing with our recipients on the front end. We talk about safety - their evacuation plans. We know that through the course of the years our recipients don't realize these issues need to be revisited," Pare' explained. "What we wanted to do is bring together this effort we are calling our Safety First Initiative."

The annual outreach will focus on how to react in disasters. They have teamed with agencies including Wilson Emergency Management, The National Weather Service, Red Cross, 9-1-1 Safety and more to provide recipients with literature.

"With your help we will not only leave literature, but also the LED flashlights. One of the things we ask about is, 'Do you have a flashlight?' Many times the answer is no or they will tell us the battery is out. The LED flashlights last a long time. They are very practical. With your generosity we are going to leave these with our individuals."

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