The Senior Citizen and Friend’s Center held their inaugural Thanksgiving dinner Thursday November 23, 2017. The event was a success, making it possible for a large amount of Scott Countians to have food and fellowship during Thanksgiving.
Director for the center, Kathy Rose, had an idea in late 2016 to have a meal for the people in Scott County who had no family or no food during Thanksgiving. The idea came too late in 2016, but proved to be a success in 2017 after Rose began her planning in eleven months prior.
“I just believe we need a meal like this in Scott County,” Rose said. “People need a place to go if they don’t’ have anyone to spend their holiday with, and if they can’t afford to eat I want them to be able to come here.”
According to Rose the community stepped up and pitched in where was needed. Mayor Dale Perdue provided 14 large turkeys and The Scott County Chamber of Commerce provided canned drinks. Several community members donated anonymously. Mark Beckmann and Mary Brown provided monetary donations. Volunteers poured in to help serve and mingle during the meal; Stacey Swann, Bill and Cathy White, Melody Lewallen, Tim and Michelle Colin, Randy White, and Connie Bertram served. The meal itself was prepared by Rose, Liz Yager, and Irene Terry
“The community really stepped up,” Rose said. “Things came together, and without all of the help I couldn’t have done it.”
Although an exact number is not available, the dinner was a success. People came who had plans of being alone for Thanksgiving, and people came who didn’t have enough food to eat. Dessie West came to eat dinner at the center and expressed her gratitude for the meal.
“I’m so grateful for this meal, “West said. “Else I would have been sitting at home by myself eating a bologna sandwich, and now I’m here eating this good food and talking to some good people.”
The event took a lot of planning, community involvement, and faith, but Rose plans to continue it. She has some new ideas to make the event even better for next year.
“Here at the Senior Citizen and Friends Center this is just what we do; we help people,” Rose said. “I want to keep it going, and keep helping people. I just have a few changes to make for next year.”