A wonderful holiday treat was enjoyed by 86 seniors on Tuesday, Dec. 8, as the Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 sponsored the third and final special meal this year at the Delta Senior Center, 247 Meeker Street.
Through a grant from the Grand Lodge, part of the Elks National Foundation, this was the second year the Delta Elks sponsored sumptuous meals, at no charge, for senior citizens in the Delta area.
With the Delta Senior Center's dining room adorned with a Christmas tree, decorations and lights, and the tables decorated in their holiday finest, the large room quickly filled with seniors ready to enjoy a special holiday dinner.
The meal trays were personally served by five Elks volunteers: Doug Eades, Bruce and Joan Schmoldt, Judy Conklin and Bruce Holmlund. The trays were filled with turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and other traditional holiday trimmings.
"We at the Elks are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community," Doug Eades, an Elks volunteer, said. "Our motto is 'Elks Care, Elks Share.' We appreciate the chance to come to the Delta Senior Center and help support seniors. This meal was exceptional and a huge success!"
Although the food was sponsored by the Elks, it was cooked and prepared by the Delta Senior Center volunteer cooks, who prepare meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The board of directors of Delta Senior Citizens, Inc., and the patrons of the Delta Senior Center wish to thank the Delta Elks for their generosity, and for making a happier Christmas season for the "seasoned citizens" of the Delta area. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!