You're never too young to get into the holiday spirit. One event is defining the true spirit of the season; giving.
No one should be deprived of the joy of Christmas. That's why a senior citizen holiday luncheon has been held for 12 consecutive years in Cairo.
Caroline Butler, the organizer, says, "We put up flyers to invite them out; the van picks them up of they don't have a way."
Years ago Jim Rittmyer worked as a volunteer at this event.
Jim says, "I've always tried to come back and help whenever I could because I enjoy so much serving the needs of the community."
My how the tables turned! He's now the one being served, and that's not so bad. How does turkey dressing and all the fixings sound?
Butler adds, "A lot of the citizens, it's the only home cooked meal they'll get."
Juanita Blanchard says, "I come with my family and we sit and eat together. There's a lot of love here, you can feel it when you come in."
Complete with carolers, the only person missing from the event is jolly ol' Saint Nick himself, but the gift giving was taken care of as well.
Butler says, "Just the joy of giving, and it's a thrill to see people enjoy it."
It's something these seniors will cherish all year through.
The Southwest Georgia Council on Aging and Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church of Cairo sponsor the event each year. It's held at the Neighborhood Service Center.