Twin Falls business donates $10,000 to senior center
The story of Twin Falls Senior Center's funding shortfall was shared with viewers nearly two weeks ago.
When Chris Jones learned of the senior center's budget woes, he decided to make a donation to help the meeting place continue accommodating the needs of local seniors.
"I was watching the news and I saw the story on the senior center and just said that's not okay," stated Jones.
He's the owner and president of Plant Therapy, an essential oils company based in Twin Falls.
"[Jones] had seen the interview on TV and said he didn't want this to happen to his community and wanted to be able to help our program. The check was for $10,000," said senior center executive director Jeanette Roe.
The number of baby boomers reaching senior citizen status each year is increasing.
According to Roe, about 38% of the population of Twin Falls is eclipsing 60 years old.
As medical concerns begin to arise, or seniors just want to continue living in the comfort of their own home, mobility becomes an issue.
The Twin Falls Meals on Wheels program provided nearly 43,000 hot meals to homebound seniors in 2015 alone.
The center's budget shortfall threatened the continuation of the program that affects many in the community.
"We're very grateful. I went down and personally thanked him. It's just such a great gift to give back to the community and I'm just glad he was as heartfelt and he had the compassion to give to these seniors because it really does make a big difference in their lives," said Roe.
As far as Jones is concerned, it's just another day at the office.
"A big part of our business is trying to improve people's lives. As a younger generation it's our responsibility to step up. They've been taking care of people their whole lives. They deserve to have someone take care of them too," stated Jones.
Chris Jones and his wife Amanda founded Plant Therapy in 2011, and have encountered a nearly 8,000% growth in sales in six short years.
In September 2015, Inc. Magazine recognized Plant Therapy as the fastest-growing company in Idaho.
For more information on the company, you can visit their website at www.PlantTherapy.com