MASON — When the West Virginia Legislature went into special session this year to address a budget, Delegate Scott Brewer, along with 10 others, sponsored a bill not to go over five days in order to expedite the process.
But after a 21-day special session, not five, a budget was finally reached.
This week Delegate Brewer, a Democrat representing the 13th District, made the final of three donations to senior citizen groups. The donations were made from what Brewer earned in those extra 16 days, a net amount of $1,920. A third of that amount, or $640, was given to the senior citizens in each of the counties he represents – Putnam, Jackson, and Mason.
The local presentation was made at the Mason Senior Center, surrounded by the seniors who attend there, as well as the members of the Mason County Democrat Women’s Organization.
Renae Riffle, director of the Mason County Action Group, Inc., accepted the donation. She said the money “means a lot” to her and the senior citizens of the county.
Riffle said the donation will be used for the nutrition program, which provides both congregate, as well as home delivered, meals. She added donations help sustain the program because the actual cost of the meals are higher than the reimbursement received.
Brewer said when considering where to make the donations, he knew he wanted to support either students or senior citizens. Since he and wife Linda already give out $2,500 in senior scholarships annually, he chose the senior citizens as recipients. The remaining donations were made to the Ravenswood Senior Citizens and Putnam Aging.