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Cookie collections in Bridgeville, Carnegie to benefit seniors receiving home-delivered meals

The staffs of LifeSpan Community Resource Centers are offering area bakers a chance to share the sweetness of the holidays with the seniors they serve.

They hope to collect 300 dozen cookies to distribute to the 700 people who receive home-delivered meals each day through their agencies. Any additional cookies will be shared with participants at the 13 senior centers.

Bridgeville Senior Resource Center at 601 McMillen St. and the Chartiers Resource Center at 300 Lincoln Ave. in Carnegie are two places to drop off cookies by Dec. 15.

“We’re never at a loss for bakers,” said Diane Pawlowski, agency support manager at the organization’s headquarters in Homestead.

“They come out of the woodwork.”

Last week, she received her first four-dozen cookies, which she put in the freezer.

“I’m jealous that someone is so organized,” said Kim Rollinson, center services operations director.

As a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1973, LifeSpan operates three divisions offering home-delivered meals, senior center activities and care management throughout southwestern Allegheny County. Their focus is on the 60-years-and-older population.

Judy McCrum is operations director for the newly named Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittsburgh division. Hot lunches are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional meals for the other weekdays are heat and serve. At $3.50 per dinner, people can count on something tasty to eat and the driver’s visit.

“They chit chat and take notice of changing conditions,” McCrum said.

To locate a center or Meals on Wheels kitchen to drop off cookies, call 412-464-1300 or visit

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or [email protected].

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