The Bigelow Tea Co. recently gave $8,000 to the Fairfield Senior Center for the implementation and purchase of MySeniorCenter, a software program designed to reduce paperwork and improve services at senior centers.

Funds for the program, used at about 25 senior centers across the state, were raised through the company's Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, an annual road race that took place in late September to raise money for almost 20 local outreach agencies.

In addition to offering daily lunches, health screenings and transportation services, the center offers a broad range of elder-care social services and recreational and educational enrichment programs to area seniors, according to a release.

It also employs several people from the Bridge House, one of Bigelow Tea's other charities.

"I love this place, and supporting the center with well-needed equipment like the MySeniorCenter is something that means a lot to us here at Bigelow," Cindi Bigelow, the company's president, said in a statement.

"This new system will help the center ensure the best programming possible, as well as allow them to better meet the needs of the audience which they serve."