Senior Center gets new walk-in freezer
$19,000 unit being installed this week
The Cassville Senior Center has been on the hunt for funds to purchase a new walk-in freezer and refrigerator, and with donations collected, the new appliance will be delivered and installed this week.
Kristina Atwood, Cassville Senior Center administrator, said the center had started fundraising the last week in April.
“We actually raised all of the money we needed by the end of May,” she said. “We needed $19,000 for the new purchase.”
Atwood said the need was mainly because the old appliances were old and starting to go out.
“They were about 15-20 years old and just reached the end of their lifespan,” she said. “We received a lot of donations from individuals in the community, but there were a lot of businesses who donated as well.”
Atwood said the center is extremely grateful for the support from the community.
“We were hoping to raise all the money we needed, but we weren’t expecting to raise it as fast as we did,” she said. “That is all due to everybody in the community contributing.”
Atwood said the freezer is something that the center can not do without.
“We send out home-delivered meals, and that is where we store them until they are delivered,” she said. “All of our food is a huge priority, and we needed a proper way to store things.”
Atwood said the new walk-in freezer and refrigerator is slightly smaller than the current one.
“The new walk-in freezer size will be 16-by-9 feet and the new walk-in cooler will be 12-by-9 feet,” she said. “Also, the current set is connected by a door, and the new set will be separated.”
Atwood said crews started work on Monday, and parking may be an issue throughout the week.
“We will have a refrigerated truck in the parking lot that will store all of our food items until they are finished with the installation,” she said. “From what I understand, this will be a week-long project.”
Atwood said the biggest donation came from Barry Electric Cooperative.
“That was the donations that really sent us to our limit,” she said. “We are so appreciative of everyone who donated to this project.”
The list of businesses who donated in addition to the center customers and individuals in the community: The Cassville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fasco, Michael Riehn Law Office
Fohn Funeral Home, Les Jacobs Ford, Westco, Freedom Bank, Spears Dental, Fastrip, Security Bank, 1st State Bank and Barry Electric Cooperative.