While there are times when Thanksgiving can be difficult for Seniors (if they are facing the holiday alone; or have just lost a loved one), it seems that there is an increasing amount of options available throughout the nation for wonderful events that celebrate the day.
For example, the Monarch Beach Rotary Club – in conjunction with the city of Dana Point – recently held its Thanksgiving luncheon for seniors. The free event – which took place at the Dana Point Community Center – was made festive by volunteer students from Dana Hills High School and special guests who served dinner.
Another dinner – that is an annual event from the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association – took place at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center and was attended by Deputy Kevin Lawrence and Chris Mastrianni who volunteered to serve the food. Aiken Department of Public Safety retiree Lt. Donald Butler said it was his “pleasure to do [this] because seniors deserve recognition and it’s important that they know how much they mean to this community.”
In Greenwich, Senior Center program specialist Lynn Mason organized a meal (provided by Morrison Community Living) and prepared by executive Chef Levi Argust who cooked eight 26-pound turkeys! There were 17 volunteers (for serving) including Fire Chief Peter Siecienski, Police Chief James Heavey and Selectman John Toner.
These are just a few of the many Thanksgiving celebratory dinners available for seniors over the holiday period.