On a rainy spring day there are few things things better than gathering with friends in fellowship, enjoying a hearty meal and listening to the heavenly sounds of soulful music. More than 450 seniors from across Indiana recently gathered at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for this very purpose.

An annual tradition, The Salvation Army Older Adult Spring Luncheon is always a joyous occasion, both for the invitees and for the many volunteers who decorate the hall and serve the meal. For many, it is a standing date to see friends from near and far and reconnect with Salvation Army officers and staff who help out each year.

As part of The Salvation Army’s older adult services, this day is about much more than just a hot meal. It’s a way to say “thank you” and give back to a generation that has given so much to our community and country. It’s a way to share the word or Jesus Christ and the message of Salvation in a fun setting. It’s a way to bring together smiles, laughter and a joyous sing-a-long to lift hearts and souls.

“There’s just so much joy,” says Julie, a Central Indiana resident who never misses a chance to attend. “Of course, the food is great, too. But I just love getting out to be with these wonderful people. There’s nothing else like it.”

Thank you to the Freetown Village Singers for a wonderful, uplifting performance and Barto’s Catering for the delicious fried chicken dinner. We hope to see Julie and many of her friends in December at our Christmas gathering!