Group sets up way to donate money to elder abuse victim

Posted June 28, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.

PEMAQUID, Maine — Due to an outpouring of support for Gwendolyn Swank, an elder abuse victim whose story was published by the Bangor Daily News this week, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly has set up a way for readers to send donations to Swank.

Jaye Martin, executive director of Legal Services for the Elderly, said her organization has received calls from people wanting to help Swank financially and the BDN also has received requests.

Martin said checks, which must be made payable to Swank, may be mailed to Legal Services for the Elderly, Attn: Denis Culley, 5 Wabon St., Augusta, ME 04330.

Martin said Swank initially was reluctant to receive the help but finally agreed because she was “touched” by all the support she has received from readers. Swank was swindled for more than $300,000 by a former friend and neighbor and is facing poverty, tax consequences and is behind on many of her bills.