Hi again! I am so excited to tell you that our first wish list item has come in and we are all thrilled, but especially thrilled is Bobbie Jean Doss. Her wish for a Kitchen Aid Mixer came to pass when Kaye Steele-Harrod arrived at the center with a Kitchen Aid Mixer. She also brought something along for our TaiChi and Enhance Fitness instructors Sharon and Beth when she handed over an envelope with funds to buy some new fitness weights for their classes. We all want to thank Kaye and her husband City Commissioner James Harrod for helping to make some of the center’s wishes come true.

Hi again! I am so excited to tell you that our first wish list item has come in and we are all thrilled, but especially thrilled is Bobbie Jean Doss. Her wish for a Kitchen Aid Mixer came to pass when Kaye Steele-Harrod arrived at the center with a Kitchen Aid Mixer. She also brought something along for our TaiChi and Enhance Fitness instructors Sharon and Beth when she handed over an envelope with funds to buy some new fitness weights for their classes. We all want to thank Kaye and her husband City Commissioner James Harrod for helping to make some of the center’s wishes come true.

There are still some other special items on that list that would make some of the other members of our staff have those same great big smiles…..I’ll keep you updated as, hopefully, more items come in.

But today I am going to tell you about one more request that our center has and this is a big thing as we get closer to the end of the year.

As you may or may not know, our Shawnee Senior Center provides over 9,000 meals during each year. Now that number is just lunch meals served, and as you all may know lunch is served each noon for the price of $2. This usually includes a meat, a veggie, a bread and/or a salad as well as dessert. You do not have to sign up in advance or pay in advance though you can buy tickets (at $2 each) for a week or two at a time. Meals are listed on the back side of the center’s calendar each month so you are able to pick and choose which meals you come to during the month. Breakfasts, as you may know, are also served from 8 in the morning until 9 and are free to all over 50 who come to the center.

When you factor in the $400 cost of the paper goods used in the processing of those meals each month as well as the cost of paying for the employees cooking and serving those meals, that $2 just doesn’t go far. So now we come to the reason for this week’s Senior Center Happenings.

The picture of Johnna that you are seeing with this column shows her standing in front of some of the shelving holding our food inventory. Our supplies are limited and we need more and we are hoping that you will help. If everyone who comes to the center during the month could bring a can or two of whatever they have in their house (no expired products please) it would certainly help. The list of items we could always use includes canned veggies, tuna, chicken, or fruit. Dried food items like pasta, beans and cereal. Staples like peanut butter, potatoes, onions and hot drink items like good old hot chocolate. When it comes right down to it, almost anything you would have in your pantry, we would love to have in ours.

There are boxes at the front desk and the back door for any and all food items that you might donated. Whether you have a single can or several cases that you would like to donate, please know that our staff appreciates all that you do to help us to help others get a good hot meal for lunch at the Shawnee Senior Center. I will keep you all informed (and reminded) how things are going.

Our Director Kate Joyce will be once again discussing the Shawnee Senior Center situation with Mike Askins of KGFF Radio (FM100.9 or AM1450) on Wednesday morning at 8:35 so check them out and hear for yourself what is happening at the Shawnee Senior Center.

Please remember that at the Shawnee Senior Center “age is just a number.” Check out our website at ShawneeSeniors.org and our Facebook page at Shawnee Senior Center.

And as always, see you at the center!