LEWISTON – Students and advisers from St. Dominic Regional High School Key Club filled 20 boxes with food they had collected and $10 Shaw’s gift certificates on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

They loaded the boxes into vehicles and visited the homes of 20 Catholic Charities Maine SEARCH program clients who could not have had a traditional meal without the gifts.

Larry Lachance, longtime chairman of the SEARCH Advisory Committee, praised the spirit of the high school youths, who have been dependable givers for countless years.

“Many of our clients are living with multiple health problems and have difficulty leaving their homes. This box of food and the opportunity for a friendly visit meant the world to them,” said Lachance. “The St. Dom’s Key Club certainly lives up to its motto of “Caring – Our Way of Life,” he said.

SEARCH stands for Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope. Its mission is to enable frail, vulnerable elderly and those with disabilities to remain independent and increasingly connected to a caring community.

SEARCH is looking for interested persons of all ages and religious denominations who would like to be a friendly telephone caller, visitor or part-time helper for an elderly person in Androscoggin County.

For more information about becoming a short-term or longer-term SEARCH volunteer or to refer someone as a client, call the program office at 784-0157.

Financial donations from individuals, businesses and civic groups may be sent to SEARCH, 15 Westminster S., Lewiston, ME 04240.

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