2013-12-26 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

We wish you a Merry Christmas; we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! Just a quick reminder, the Center offices will be closed on Dec. 31, and Jan. 1, to spend time with family and friends.

We all know the economy has not been good but it never ceases to surprise me on how wonderful this community is. Now I am not just talking about the holidays. I am talking throughout the year.

It seems over the past few years I have gotten more hardship requests than ever before. With my being at the Center for the last 35 years this coming March, I have not only shared my family stories with you, but you have done the same. I have met, and worked for some of the most amazing elders and am proud to say the Center has become a huge asset to the community.

I have been given the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing, generous people a county could ever hold. Of course, their generosity doesn’t get noticed because they want to remain “anonymous.” Ok, I will try to do that, but boy I have such a hard time doing so, I sometimes catch myself biting my lip.

These “anonymous” angels have come forward to pay a huge portion of military package postage; they have assisted with gift cards to the grocery store, with helping an elder receive a gift towards heat, oh, how I could go on and on.

My favorite part of those “anonymous” donors is they give me the opportunity to see that “huge” smile when I make deliveries. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for touching the lives of those that are needier. The Center also receives the nicest thank you cards from our military. We are even sometimes surprised with a visit.

And it all takes place with picking up of the phone. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting trust in me. For those I have had the privileges of helping, your special “thank you” is what makes it all worthwhile. As I recently said to one of my “special” friends, “Wouldn’t the world be a better place to live, if it was filled with all those wonderful “anonymous” gift givers!!!

Some of you know how hard the new craft and bake sale volunteers have worked, wanting to purchase a defibrillator for the Center. Well, it was mentioned in a conversation and once again an “anonymous” gal gave a whopping $100, with it being designated towards the purchase. Yahooo!!!!

With Carol being on vacation until Jan. 9, if you do not see someone in the office, please take a walk to the back as I may be roaming, or go into Carol’s office and make a left and you will find Brittany willing to give you a hand. With Brittany being fairly new, you may not realize she is in the back office and we certainly don’t want to miss you and look forward to assisting you.

For those of you who have been asking if I have been on vacation because my column is so short, I want to mention I have been asked by the Pioneer Tribune to limit it to 700 words. The way I like to babble on, it can sometimes be very hard to do and at other times it can relieve me from wondering what to write about.

Birthdays this week: Dec. 21 – Alan Nelson, Dec. 22 – Bertha Higley and Rita Rossier, Dec. 24 – Ray Krall, Michael J. Johnson and Maurice Fagan, Dec. 27 – John Garvin and Jan Wilson, Dec. 28 – Ann Chase, Dec. 29 – Evie Laing, Dec. 30 – Ardell Gardapee and Helen Fiegel, Dec. 31 – Ed Leonard, Sr., Jan. 1 – Inez Kralik, Jan. 3 – Barb Foor, Nancy Cheney, Sue Studinger and Lynn Norton. We wish you all a very happy birthday!

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