Smiles celebrates its 1,000th ride

A program which has been helping shuttle around some of East Tennessee's oldest residents drove its way to a big milestone Wednesday.

The Smiles program in Blount County gave out its 1,000th ride Wednesday afternoon.

Staff awarded the 1,000th rider, Dorothy "Dot" King, with 10 free rides and a few gift certificates to her favorite places around the area.

In the program, volunteers use their own cars to help drive Blount County residents who are over the age of 60 and need help getting places like doctors offices or grocery stores.

"The volunteers in this program get so much appreciation from the seniors because the seniors really are left high and dry a lot of times," said Joani Shaver, with the Blount County Office on Aging.

Marcia Recktenwald had the honor of being the driver for the milestone ride. She received a gas card and car wash gift certificate.


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