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Durant seniors race to secure funding for new center

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Durant's senior center is in need of a replacement. (KTEN) Durant's senior center is in need of a replacement. (KTEN)
Gay Cunningham has spent more than a decade to find a replacement for Durant's senior center. (KTEN) Gay Cunningham has spent more than a decade to find a replacement for Durant's senior center. (KTEN)
The former Northwest Church of Christ building has been identified as an ideal new site for the Durant senior center. (KTEN) The former Northwest Church of Christ building has been identified as an ideal new site for the Durant senior center. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- For the past 11 years, advocates have been fighting for a new senior citizens center in Durant.

An ideal location has been identified, but they have only until the end of the month to raise the needed funds.

Gay Cunningham has been spearheading the effort.

"It was something I was supposed to do, I guess," she said. "I've seen how neglected seniors are, and how they need fellowship and friends."

The city's current senior center in the Robert Davis Building is simply no longer safe. There are broken windows, the plumbing system is in need of repair, and the structure is showing its age.

Cunningham said the former Northwest Church of Christ building less than one mile away at 1421 Chuckwa Drive would be a great replacement.

"This has been an ongoing effort for 11 years to move this center into a bigger building," said Sierra Kovash, who is helping with the fundraising effort. "There would be more room for activities, it would be in a more visible area, and more seniors that know about the services that are available."

The church would also be able to accommodate the senior center's Meals on Wheels program.

The problem?

There's an April 30 deadline to raise the $200,000 needed to make the move.

"I've raised $5,000 since Monday; Gay has been on this for so long,"  Kovash said.

But the fundraising goal has still not been met, and with just weeks left, time is running out for Durant's senior community.

"They deserve this," Kovash said.

Tax-deductible donations to the project can be made to a GoFundMe page or a Facebook donation page set up by Sierra Kovash. Donations can also be deposited on behalf of the Bryan County Retired Senior Volunteer Program at First Texoma National Bank, 420 West Main Street, in Durant.

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