The Center keeps older adults plugged into a social network and lifestyle, particularly during the upcoming holiday season, when isolation and loneliness can be particularly acute.
The Center staff and volunteers serve Thanksgiving Day dinner to about 200 people. About the same number are expected for the Dec. 20 Christmas luncheon. Center Director Karen Mickens is rallying community support to make these vital community events possible, a task made all the more challenging with recent economic challenges
Here's how to help Karen pull this off:
- Cash: to purchase food, decorations, door prizes and entertainment.
- Food Items: turkeys, pumpkin pies, yams, corn, string beans, gravy, ground beef, hot dogs, cakes, cookies and any other holiday treats.
- Decorations: table settings and décor, napkins, streamers and holiday gift wrap.
- Door Prizes: at both events each participant will get a “ticket” for a chance to win a prize.
- Service: volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to serve food and help with clean up.