Free medical transportation program for seniors in serious need of volunteer drivers

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EDMOND, Okla.- For senior citizens who can’t drive anymore, finding a ride to their doctors' appointments is crucial, not to mention life-saving.

In Oklahoma County, there’s a program where volunteers use their time and car to offer free transportation for seniors in need.

"If it wasn't for Provide-A-Ride, I don't know what I'd do," said Eva Sessa.

Eva Sessa is an 88-year-old Edmond resident.

Sessa and her volunteer driver, Marita Deatsch, have become close.

Deatsch and her husband are both volunteers with RSVP Provide-A-Ride, a non-profit in Oklahoma County offering free medical transportation.

"We get involved in the community," said Deatsch.

In cases like Sessa's, she needs a ride to doctor checkups for her heart, pacemaker and hip replacements.

"They come and pick you up at your house and stay with you while you're at the doctor then they come back and get you and bring you home," said Sessa.

"Seniors can live in their home and be independent if they just have a little extra help," said Deutsch.

Last month RSVP Provide-A-Ride served 192 clients, providing a total of 662 rides.

"It's about giving life," said Nanette Relerford with RSVP Provide-A-Ride.

As the number of rides increases, unfortunately the number of volunteers is falling behind.

There's a huge demand for drivers in Mustang and Yukon.

"We have a waitlist already with clients that would like to be a part of the RSVP Provide-A-Ride program but we are in such a desperate need for drivers," said Relerford.

To be a driver, you have to be 55 years of age or older, keeping the motto of 'seniors-helping-seniors.'

"If they have time and the energy then they should go and try to help other people," said Sessa.

If you are 55 years of age or older and want to be a volunteer driver visit the RSVP Provide-A-Ride website.


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