The Riverbank-based organization Central Valley Community Resources hosted its early Thanksgiving brunch at the Community Center here, offered to local senior citizens on Friday, Nov. 17.
The CVCR group often partners with other community organizations to put on their Friday brunches. They are designed to bring seniors together for a filling meal and the chance to enjoy some company, as well as often having a special guest speaker.
In the case of the pre-Thanksgiving meal, members of Riverbank’s Royal Neighbors helped out with cooking and serving the participating seniors.
Organizers noted that a presentation by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department/Riverbank Police Services office had some good seasonal information for the diners. The program focused on safety, especially during the upcoming holidays, which can be hectic and at times overwhelming.
“We had Deputy Camara talk to us about being safe during the holidays. He mentioned phone scams, letting someone into your house to check your utility, being out in the dark, and shopping by yourself and several other key awareness messages,” said Darlene Barber-Martinez of CVCR. “He was very informative and his message was appreciated.”
The pre-Thanksgiving brunch for the senior citizens featured a turkey with all the traditional side dishes, and the groups served up the meal on the Friday before Thanksgiving, Barber-Martinez added.
She also noted that Friday, Dec. 22 will be the date for the Christmas celebration brunch at the Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon.