Community brings seniors together with holiday meal


November 17, 2011

Community brings seniors together with holiday mealLiving at home alone as a senior can have its perks and its downfalls, especially for seniors who live far away from family members. Although they may be able continue to be independent while having the security of a senior medical alert to call for help in an emergency situation, the holidays can be a bit lonely.

To combat this and bring the community together, the Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center in Topeka, Kansas, recently held its early holiday luncheon to bring seniors together for a hearty meal, WIBW-13 reports.

"For a lot of our seniors, they're frail, disabled, they're by themselves," Josephine Salehar, executive director of the center, told the publication. "They live alone. So this brings them out into the community."

Also in attendance were members of the police and fire forces, local government officials and high school students volunteering their time to give back to the community.

"Very interesting to see just how grateful they are to have a meal and people talk to them," Byron Lewis, a high school junior, told the source. "I think it's really cool."

The meal was followed by a bit of dancing and desserts and was a special day for all who attended.