The AARP Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 work in their community is very extensive from helping veterans, organizing food drives, contributing to Soup for Seniors, Driver Safety, advocacy and more. Join the AARP Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 at their next meeting every first Tuesday of every month, for more information visit their website

In both July and August, at the chapter meetings, they will be collecting supplies and food to support homeless veterans through Disabled American Veterans. The following is needed: toilet paper, napkins, disposable cups, bottled juice and water, and cleaning supplies.

Volunteer Opportunities:
There is a desperate need for help at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop. The shop supports the needy in our area. Volunteers at the store work 3-hour shifts; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00 -4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The thrift shop is located in the Greenwich Shopping Center off Lafayette Blvd (near Paul’s Bakery). Tasks include: cashiering, dusting, pricing items, clothing folding,  greeting customers, and occasionally, the shop needs trucks and drivers to move items from storage to the store. Those interested can contact Jill Reeves at 540-373-1316 or Maureen Jones at 540-424-8509.

September Food Drive:
Once again, the Fredericksburg AARP Chapter #3396 will be participating in the AARP Food Drive. Proposed dates are September 7th, 8th and 29th.  They will be partnering with Giant Food Stores, Americorps, Senior Visitors Program, which is affiliated with the Mental Health America of Fredericksburg, and Health Generations Area Agency on Aging.

Fredericksburg AARP Chapter 3396 will be collecting donations for its September food drive at the following Giant Food Store locations:

  • 317 Worth Ave., Stafford (at Doc Stone Commons) on September 29th (11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Fredericksburg AARP Chapter #3396 would like to thank the managers at the above Giant Food Stores as well as our partners – AmeriCorps, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Senior Visitors, and Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging and its five cafes in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.  All food and monetary donations will be going to our local Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

In Locust Grove, chapter members will be collecting food at Walmart on Friday, September 14 from 9 am until 3 pm.

On July 19th, the AARP Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 supported the Senior Visitor’s Program Annual Summer Picnic held at the Christ Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg.  The program matches socially isolated senior citizens with trained volunteers who provide weekly, home-based visits.  The Chapter volunteers prepared for and greeted the seniors on this well-anticipated event. Pictured from left to right are Teresa Bowers, Director of the Senior Visitor’s Program, AARP Chapter volunteers – Brenda Hooper, Mary Kofron, Juanita Channel, Sally Cooney-Anderson, Sharon Boyd (AARP State volunteer), Kathleen Holler and Marti Finck.

Volunteer Visitors were honored at the picnic and two of our own were honored for 50 hours of service, Mike and Marietta D’Ostilio.







Monday, July 16, 2018 members and friends of Chapter 3396 assisted the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) in preparing and serving breakfast to homeless veterans and non-veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall on Princess Anne Street. Those helping were event lead Andy Gaeta along with Marietta and Mike D’Ostilio, Kathleen and Don Holler, Brenda Hooper, and Mary and Bob Kofron.  We want to thank the DAV breakfast team for all the work they do in making a difference in the lives of the homeless in our community. To Brad, Shirley, Teresa, and Gloria – our sincere gratitude.


Pictured above, from left to right, are Marti Finck, Sally Cooney Anderson, Mary Kofron, Sharon Boyd and Brenda Hooper. They were also joined by Bobby Anderson and Jasper.

June was once again a busy month for the Fredericksburg Chapter in supporting their seniors. On June 14th, Susan Trunzo gave a presentation on the history of the flag for residents at Crossings at Falls Run. Only two days later our Community Service Chairman Juanita Channel and chapter members celebrated Father’s Day in support of The Holiday Project with residents at the Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center. We had an abundance of donated caps for the men, many of which came from the residents of the Celebrate Del Webb community. Pictured from left to right are: Marti Fink, Sally Cooney Anderson, Mary Kofron, Sharon Boyd, and Brenda Hooper. They were also joined by Bobby Anderson and Jasper.



Four of the Fredericksburg Chapter members visited Washington recently to rally for issues of concern to Americans 50 plus such asking to protect SNAP, retain the 7.5% income threshold Medical expense deduction and to support caregivers . Pictured above are Mary Kofron, Genea Luck (from our state office), Juanita Channel, Mike and Marietta D’Ostilio.





Chapter members, in support of The Holiday Project, celebrated Mother’s Day with residents at the Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg.

Pictured from left to right are Marti Finck, Brenda Hooper, Susan Trunzo, Sally Cooney Anderson and Jasper, Lucretia Edreos, Juanita Channel, and Paula Eastes. Sally’s husband Bobby Anderson took the photo.

They distributed Mother’s Day cards, beanie babies and other stuffed animals donated by Mary Kofron. The gifts were well received by everyone and we brought lots of smiles to the residents. The Holiday Project members will be going back on Saturday, June 16 to honor the men and meet at 2:00 p.m. in the lobby.

Dr. Kash Eagleton of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates (OSPTA)


On Tuesday, May 1st Dr. Kash Eagleton of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates (OSPTA)  presented a program on the benefits of physical therapy to allow movement and general exercise of patients of all ages in order to maintain healthy lifestyles. Speaking at the AARP Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 monthly meeting, he stressed the importance of strengthening muscles with physical therapy both before and after surgery in order to have a more successful recovery. Dr. Eagleton has continued to refine his orthopedic skills through post-graduate continuing education courses on the treatment of athletes and active adults in all areas. He is a member of the Sports Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a member of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association.




Members of Fredericksburg Chapter 3396.           left to right are: Sally Cooney Anderson, Juanita Channel, Janice Feagan, Andy Gaeta, and Carlos Enrique.

On April 11th members of Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 prepared lunch for residents and staff at The Thurman Brisben Shelter. President Sally Cooney Anderson, Community Service Chairman Juanita Channel, Janice Feagan, Andy Gaeta and Carlos Enrique (a prospective Chapter member) served a nutritious lunch which included chicken noodle soup, ham and turkey sandwiches, salad, sliced fresh fruit and lemonade. They fed approximately 30 people.  Joe Hargrove, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator, mentioned that it was a great change from the usual lunch menu.



AARP Chapter and DAV Volunteers

On April 16th members and friends of Fredericksburg AARP Chapter 3396 assisted the DAV in preparing and serving breakfast to homeless veterans and non-veterans at the VFW Hall on Princess Anne Street. Those helping were President Sally Cooney Anderson, Community Service Chairman Juanita Channel and granddaughter Kamya Channel, Marietta and Mike D’Ostilio, Andy Gaeta, Kathleen Holler and husband Don Holler.  Brad Largent, Commander for the DAV General Washington Chapter 7, was very appreciative for the help our Chapter provided since the 3rd Monday of the month is serviced by only four volunteers.  Many thanks to AARP State and Fredericksburg Chapter members for their support.  Approximately 70 people were served.



On May 5th members of AARP Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 helped pack boxes for the hungry at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.  Betty Lee Sprinkle, a member of the chapter’s Community Service team who spearheaded the event for the chapter, was joined by President Sally Cooney Anderson, Marietta D’Ostilio, Mary Ann Dent, Janice Feagan, Kathleen Holler, Stephanie Sloan, Margaret Watkins, Sam and Cherry Whitehurst, and Leon Williams.

Approximately 975 boxes of food were packed with the help of several other organizations.