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AARP feeds seniors at The Place
Holiday meal full of festive fare, fellowship
Fred Hodoval serves up deviled eggs Nov. 18 during the local chapter of the AARP’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon at The Place.
Thanksgiving came early this year at The Place of Forsyth.

The nonprofit, social services facility on Antioch Road was the site Nov. 18 of the local chapter of the AARP’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon. The holiday event has become a tradition for the group.

Members brought a variety of vittles, some homemade, including deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce to warm the hearts and bellies of Forsyth County senior citizens.

Dessert included pumpkin and pecan pies.

Ruby Hubbard joined others at a table to enjoy the early holiday meal and a little conversation.

The food, she said, was “delicious.”

“It was real nice,” she said. “They had a lot of stuff to pick from too, and they’re all nice people.”

Hubbard said she is no stranger to The Place.

“I come here all the time,” she said. “It’s one of my regular things.”

The lunch kicked off with a prayer. Folks then lined up to sample the fare. There was no shortage of smiles and laughter as AARP members doled out heaping helpings of delectable dishes.

Sandi Kronic served Jell-O salad.

“I just like to do things and help people out,” she said. “And I like to cook.”

About 60 people were served and some came back for seconds.

John and Margie Reeves, who are both AARP members, were glad to participate.

Margie Reeves said she enjoyed the opportunity the luncheon provided for  “warm fellowship.”

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able, with the help of many, to bring us all together,” she said. “With the economy as it is, this is the most giving county of any place you’d want to live.”

Along with its many other services, The Place provides monthly senior luncheons and Wednesday noon meals.

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