Belton: ‘RU OK’ program helps safeguard elderly residents

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton Police Department’s “RU OK” program was launched five years ago to help keep an eye on elderly residents by checking on them once a week or even daily depending on their needs.

“Essentially it’s for senior citizens and people who are disabled who don’t have anyone to check on them, police Sgt. Kim Hamilton says.

“You fill out the application and essentially if you meet the needs to have someone check up on you that’s all it takes it’s not a hard process,” Hamilton said.

Jane Potter is one of the more than 100 Belton residents who have signed up for the program.

“They call me every Wednesday to check to see if I’m OK or if I need anything. Fortunately I have two daughters that live around here. So I usually don’t need anything but it’s very reassuring,” Potter said.

On Friday, officers and volunteers dropped off more than 100 goodie bags to residents participating in the program filled with blankets, clothing and other items, making sure all of the residents are OK and spreading a little holiday cheer in the process.

“For some of them our Silver Santa gift bags are the only Christmas present they will receive,” volunteer, Anita Watt said.