Christmas came early for almost 500 seniors this year as they gathered together at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the annual Older Adult Christmas Luncheon. Whether they traveled across town or across the state, each of Wednesday’s guests is a participant in Salvation Army programming designed to improve the quality of life for the oldest members of our communities.
Dressed in holiday finery (and a fantastic assortment of reindeer antlers and Santa hats), the guests sat back to enjoy Christmas music from the barbershop quartet The Rush, which performed traditional Christmas carols and contemporary favorites in 4-part harmony. This was followed by an early Christmas dinner of fried chicken with all the fixings.
Dozens of volunteers joined Salvation Army officers from around the state to serve the guests and help bring some holiday cheer to friends and neighbors who may not otherwise have a chance to socialize and celebrate.
This annual tradition is about much more than a hot meal; it’s a way to encourage seniors to stay active in their community. Salvation Army Corps Community Centers statewide offer programming for seniors throughout the winter months to help replace the loneliness that cold weather can bring with joy and fellowship.
When you donate to a red kettle or volunteer to ring a bell, you help support programs like these. Thank you!