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Seniors Treated To Holiday Meal, Christmas Joy
New Life Community Church in Riverbank treated the guests at the Senior Brunch this past Friday to the sounds of joyous Christmas caroling, with the singers spreading out around the Community Center during the performance. Photo Contributed

Holiday cheer was ever present at the Senior Brunch this past Friday with Christmas Carolers from New Life Community Church, a hot meal for local senior citizens, treats, and a few gifts. The brunch is held every Friday for senior citizens sponsored by Central Valley Community Resources, Inc. (CVCR) who provide healthy meals at no cost between 10 a.m. and noon. This week, however, was a bit more special because of the approaching holidays.

“Each participant received a beautiful warm blanket, knitted hat, Christmas card and a goody bag filled with candy and homemade cookies,” stated Darlene Barber Martinez, CEO, CVCR.

Participants were treated to a complete holiday meal that included ham, chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, and rolls. For dessert guests delighted in homemade cupcakes and pumpkin pie.

“It was truly a very special day,” added Martinez. “There was plenty of food so the participants were able to take food home, too. They had a really nice lunch.”

Blankets were donated by CVCR and other Riverbank community members. Guests also participated in a raffle.

Due to the holiday observances for Christmas and New Year, that was the last senior brunch of the year. Meals will resume on Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Riverbank Community Center.