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Update – April 10th 2020

Helping Seniors Updates

Helping Seniors TV on Space Coast Government TV

Friday – April 10th 2020 – Join us for this update while all Covid-19 precautions are in effect as Kerry Fink updates including information on Covid-19 scams, from State Attorney Phil Archer, AJ Hier’s promo on the Helping Seniors Car Raffle and a special update from Jennifer Helin (Seniors Helping Seniors). (Seniors Helping Seniors).

Join us for Helping Seniors Update – a special outreach of the Helping Seniors of Brevard organization – designed to keep you up-to-date on services and happenings in Brevard County.  Join Helping Seniors Media & Marketing Director Kerry Fink for this ongoing conversation about all things Seniors.

More News & Information

From State Attorney Phil Archer regarding Covid-19 Scams:

From State Attorney Phil Archer

COVID-19 was naturally too big an opportunity for scammers. Let’s review the ones seen so far;

Phone calls are being made offering to help you be tested for the virus and, if you provide them with the information on the phone, you will be scheduled. No legitimate companies are making that call. That includes your own insurance company. If you feel the need or desire to be tested, call your doctor or your insurance carrier to find out where they will have testing done.

Same scam, but contacts via email. Same answer. Don’t provide any information as, just like above, the information will be used against you. All requests for testing will originate from you.

Email offers for medications that will either protect you from the virus or will cure it. Well, you know that there is no such thing, but they will try.

Calls from your physician to reschedule an appointment. These are happening, but make sure they provide you with the name of the doctor before you tell them and the date they are asking to reschedule actually exists.. If you accept the call as legitimate, they may ask you your date of birth, but no other information. If you are at all concerned, find the phone number and call your doctor back.

There is an old scam that is being updated. You get a phone call saying “Grandma, I am sick” and want you to assume it is a grandson or granddaughter and you give them a name. Since they are the expert manipulators they are, you could be in trouble.


The federal stimulus bill is encouraging as well. Here are some tips about this bill that relate to non-profits, such as Helping Seniors, struggling to keep their doors open.

Donations must be made by cash, check or credit card to qualify:

A donation of $300 or less. Whether or not you itemize for your taxes, you will be able to deduct your donation to a non-profit for your federal taxes from here on out for 2020.

Higher value donations. An individual can make a cash only gift and deduct it up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income for the year. This is only valid for 2020 due to the Stimulus Package.

Corporate giving. There’s also a substantial benefit for corporate charitable gifts.The benefit for corporate charitable gifts is usually limited to 10% of taxable income for the corporation. This has been increased to 25% of the taxable income, making 2020 charitable gifts much more attractive to many companies.

Please consult your tax professional for details.

Want to donate now?  Get your Helping Seniors Car Raffle tickets today – CLICK HERE!

From the Desk of Kim Bernrad, Helping Seniors Education Specialist:

The following is a list of Food Pantries in our county with contact information and hours of operation:


Daily Bread- 805 East Fee Ave Melbourne
(321) 723-1060
Hours: Meal Service Daily 11a-1:30p


Saint Vincent De Paul- Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry
(321) 725-6866
300 Malabar Rd. Temporarily Closed, BUT they are doing home visits and dropping off food @ the door. Please speak slowly and state your name, phone number, and address. Someone will get back with you, may not be the same day.


Saint Vincent De Paul @ Holy Name of Jesus
3050 N. Hwy A1A
(321) 777-9593
Open- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9a-11a for Beachside Community Residents
Closed- Wednesday & Sunday


East Coast Christian Center
680 N. Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island
(321) 452-1060
Food Pantry Open- Tuesday and Thursday 9a-11a and 6p-8p


North Brevard Charities Sharing Center
4475 S. Hopkins Ave
(321) 269-6555
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 11a-2p
Thrift Store is Temporarily Closed


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church- must be a resident of Northern Brevard, please have ID
2073 Garden St
Call for information (321) 267-4323


Saint Paul’s Anglican Church
7200 N. Wickham Rd
(321) 259-1130
Open Tuesday 3p-6p


Catholic Charities of Central Florida
5145 N. Cocoa Blvd
All Clinics are closed until further notice.
Phones at clinics are being answered for triage, prescription refills, and referrals.
Food Pantry is open Tuesday- Friday 9a-11:30a (Closed Saturday-Monday)
(321) 338-2986


For the family pet
Space Coast Kibble Kitchen 
(321) 586-2242 or (772) 539-2417
Dates, Locations and Time for Pet Food Distribution
April 9- 10am- 12pm @ 625 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Barefoot Bay
April 11- 9am-10am @ Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Dr Melbourne
May 9- 9am-10am @ Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Dr Melbourne
May 14- 10am- 12pm @ 625 Barefoot B12ay Blvd, Barefoot Bay
June 11- 10am-12pm @  625 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Barefoot Bay


Brevard County Government Coronavirus Covid-19 Page

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey Constituent Services Coronavirus Covid-19 Resource Page

To Reach Dr. Sheldon’s Office for Dental Emergencies:
(321) 802-2810

Helping Seniors Car Raffle

Quite the week and quite the month! Just like you, we’re keeping up with news, watching what’s happening in our country/world and then, within the last few days, we’ve gone from our normal routine to stepping up to assist Seniors over the next period when social distancing is the most recommended way that we keep our Seniors safe.

Given the situation facing all of us, here’s what to expect from Helping Seniors as we move forward in this unprecedented time:

We have made the decision to postpone the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing event from its originally scheduled April 25th date. The landscape is changing daily, even hourly, and at this time it wouldn’t be prudent to forecast a new Grand Drawing date just yet but rest assured that our President Joe Steckler is working with American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch – and this is event is at the top of the reschedule date list as soon as we get approval from government officials that it is safe to do so.

Ticket sales remain open during this time – both online and also by telephone at 321-473-7770 – and the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing will take place, as planned, at the American Muscle Car Museum, at a to-be-determined date as soon as reasonably practical following lifting of government restrictions on larger gatherings. We pledge to update you no later than every 10 days regarding the status for this event.

Meanwhile, on our service as a non-profit organization, dedicated to operating the County’s Senior Information Helpline (now entering its 10th year of service) and providing outbound information services to Seniors in Brevard through print, TV, and Radio, we continue our services, actually, at an accelerated pace.

Our Senior Information Helpline (321-473-7770) remains open during this time and we have implemented contingencies to ensure we are able to continue to provide support and information to Seniors and their families in our area.

In addition, our Radio and TV broadcasts continue as scheduled, as do our print and digital outbound information efforts and our team is organizing a Senior Information update service via Social Media that you will be hearing more about during this week.

We thank you for your continued trust and support of Helping Seniors of Brevard – one thing this health crisis has made abundantly clear is that we need to really look after our Seniors and ensure their protection and safety during this time. Thank you for your interest and support in Helping Seniors of Brevard.”

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