Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year when we begin the planning for our Annual Home Delivered Thanksgiving Meal Program. Letters have been sent out locally to solicit donations and support which has made this program a success for the last seven years. Again this year we are counting on your generous support.

Often times, elderly residents have outlived their entire circle of family and friends and this time of the year is not a joyous occasion. With diminishing cognitive functions that limit their ability to drive, they are confined to their homes.

This program provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal to senior citizens who don’t have plans for the holiday. This holiday is centered on the meal and most senior citizens on a fixed income cannot afford to prepare such a meal.

This day is made possible through the generosity of local businesses and volunteers that get up early on Thanksgiving morning, a day off of work, to come package and deliver these meals. We meet at Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice around 7 a.m. and by 11 a.m. all the meals are packaged and out the door for delivery to all parts of Cocke County. The volunteers’ commitment is two to three hours of their holiday. A visit from someone with a meal means so much to the elderly who is home alone.

The greatest gifts are the little things that say someone cares about you. When the senior citizens get up from their dining table on Thanksgiving Day, they will not only have a good meal, but their lives will have been touched with holiday cheer.

Early planning and contributions help to make the day go off like clockwork. Please join your friends and neighbors in supporting this annual project with your donations. Any contribution amount is most welcome and appreciated. Other ways to help is to volunteer on Thanksgiving morning or provide individually wrapped desserts for the meals.

Our local elderly recipients appreciate whatever you can contribute to this effort. May you reap hundredfold the goodness that you sow! Please make your check payable to: Cocke County Senior Center, 440 Eastern Plaza Shopping Center, Newport, TN 37821. For more information contact (423) 623-7296 ext. 4.


Carlene Robinson

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