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Senior Center takes action ahead of looming sequestration

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The non-profit is offering assistance for seniors to make their voices heard by using online advocacy forms that will be sent to our state senators. The non-profit is offering assistance for seniors to make their voices heard by using online advocacy forms that will be sent to our state senators.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Brunswick County Senior Center is taking action as sequestration quickly approaches.

The non-profit is offering assistance for seniors to make their voices heard by using online advocacy forms that will be sent to our state senators.

If the sequester goes through, several government agencies could see massive cuts in their federal funding.

According to the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, about 1,300 seniors in North Carolina could lose services completely, adding to more than 13,000 already on the waiting list.

The Brunswick Senior Center could have to scale back as much as a 5.1% of their budget, resulting in the loss of several services, including "meals on wheels," in home aide services, transportation services, and others that seniors rely on a daily basis.

"The Brunswick County Commissioners are committed to serving seniors in our area," said Susan Whitley with the senior center. "They provide the extra support our seniors need."

Whitley says, however, with the sequester countdown approaching, it's important for them to encourage seniors to advocate for themselves.

The form they are advocating includes a letter that will be sent to state Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, urging them to stop the sequester.

Individuals can also sign standard form letters available at the senior center.

Officials hope that if enough people send a letter they can make a difference and prevent sequestration from cutting their services before it's too late.

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