The Tri-County Abuse Council for Elders (T.R.A.C.E.) is looking to get their name in the community and for donations to help families this holiday season.
T.R.A.C.E. promotes awareness of and education about elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation, in the tri-county area. The council identifies types of abuse as physical, psychological, emotional, financial, verbal and sexual, among many others.
“We provide information resources so the community can be educated about elder abuse, so they’ll know the signs, who to report issues to and things like that,” said President Shawn Bingham.
Currently, the council is working on their Christmas Gift Basket initiative. Food and a gift basket is brought to one family in each county the council serves.
“Whatever the family requests, we provide a gift basket in order to help them through the holiday season and maybe enhance the holiday because we understand that they’ve been through a tough situation,” continued Bingham.
Examples of donation items the council is seeking includes household items, toiletries, sheets, pajamas and laundry items. Any donations for the gift basket initiative can be dropped off at the Corbin Senior Citizen Center by December 7.
For more information about T.R.A.C.E. or making a donation, search ‘Tri-County Abuse Council for Elders’ on Facebook or contact president Shawn Bingham at 546-3152.
If you believe an elderly person is in danger, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.