Celebrating our Senior Sweethearts

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By Tammy Moore-Teague – RP Contributor

Above, Kennith and Josie Elmore of Huntington enjoying the Senior Center festivities

Valentine’s Day was a day of sweet celebration at the Mansfield Senior Center. Although this is an annual event for them, it did not make it any less of a treat for the old and young alike.

The cooks and workers at the center worked tirelessly for days to prepare and decorate for the event. The meal which included turkey and dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot roll and a strawberry cupcake drew not only the crowd of regulars but some newcomers as well.

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Kim Hunt, Susan Hunt, Kenny Hunt, Josie Elmore, Leon Moore and Kennith Elmore enjoying each others company at the Senior Center.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the party which included finger foods and punch as well as entertainment and door prizes. Perhaps most importantly, everyone embraced the social interaction and company of one another.

But, something was different this year. A pillar and mainstay of the center, site director, Georgina Edwards suffered a fall recently and has been undergoing rehabilitation. Edwards, who has served in this capacity for many years, is extremely missed and coworkers and friends are praying for her speedy and complete recovery.

Mansfield is a fortunate community as our senior center continues to be funded while others have been forced to close their doors. I’m certain many of the kind deeds these employees do on a day to day basis may go unnoticed by the rest of us, but to that one home bound elderly person it means the world. They can count on that daily van visit with perhaps their only hot meal for the day.

Seeing the love in action that these employees have for the seniors in our community is heartwarming and worthy of recognition.

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