Senior center treats members to early Thanksgiving lunch

Published 9:05 am Friday, November 21, 2014

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Thanksgiving came early for members of the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center.
Members were treated to a Thanksgiving lunch, complete with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings Thursday afternoon.
The center served more than 100 people during the meal.
The Thanksgiving lunch is a 30-year tradition for the senior center, administrative assistant Leanne Manning said.
“This is our way to thank the members,” she said. “It is because of them that we are able to stay open.”
Members and center volunteers banded together to prepare the food for the diners.
The center’s resident cook, Jerry Bray, prepared most of the food for the meal.
“I worked on all this food,” Bray said. “I enjoy doing this.”
Jobelle Hood enjoyed the Thanksgiving lunch with her family and friends.
“This is a family time for us,” Hood said. “We usually come to the breakfasts together. It is a wonderful time to fellowship with people. The staff here is fabulous, and they do fabulous meals.”
Lula Colbaugh is a regular at the senior center events. She said she enjoys taking part in the center activities as a way to support the center.
“I always try to help out,” Colbaugh said. “I always try to come and stir the apple butter when they make it. I come to the Thanksgiving dinner every year. It always has good food and a good time.”
After the members had their lunch, Andy Price led the group in singing a few songs while playing the center’s piano.

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