Melva Cline, 75, needed new eyeglasses and didn't have the $250 to pay for them.
"I would be almost blind without the glasses," said Mrs. Cline, who retired from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 14 years ago and now lives with her son in Arbutus.
Baltimore County's Department of Aging came to her rescue, using money from Senior Expo.
Another beneficiary is Ruth Schriver, 77, who lives with her sister in Dundalk. Her toilet leaked, and Senior Expo covered the $98 repair cost.
"It was wonderful," she said. "I couldn't believe it."
Gladys Harrison, 72, of Turner's Station, also received new eyeglasses paid for with Expo money.
"I just couldn't pay for them, and I'm very grateful," she said.
In addition to raising money to help seniors in need, the expo also offers information on health care, services for the elderly and finances.
The expo, which raised more than $75,000 last year, comes around again this week in the Exhibition Hall at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $3.
Under the Older Americans Act, which Congress passed in 1965, the department is required to sponsor projects like Senior Expo.
This year, many businesses and nonprofit organizations will have booths at the show, with many offering prizes and gifts. About 6,500 people are expected to attend. A raffle drawing for a trip to London will be held Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Zim Zemarel Band and country and jazz bands will entertain. Senior citizens and county high school bands and choruses also will perform. Stu Kerr will be the master of ceremonies.
For information on senior assistance in Baltimore County, call (410) 887-2594.