December busy at the Garland Senior Center

By Marie Faircloth - Contributing columnist

We all have so much to be thankful for as we look around and look back over 2015. We know that God has really been too good to us. Let us rejoice and be glad. God is good, and so gracious to us. Yet, while we are blessed there are many who are dealing with hunger and broken homes. It’s sad, but the Bible teaches that the poor will always tell us to let the strong help the weak. Let’s try hard to get about our Father’s business. It is more blessed to give than receive.

We are so blessed here at the center. Last week we celebrated our Thanksgiving. It was wonderful with lots of fun and good food. On Monday, the Sampson County SHIP program was at the center to assist folks through the open enrollment program. If you need assistance, please call Lori or Sandra to set up an appointment at the Department of Aging. They will be glad to help you.

I have so many folks asking why my article is not in the paper every week. The answer is I just stay so busy. It’s hard to stay on track with all I have to do. Please forgive me. I encourage my readers to visit and see what’s going on at the center.

A trip to Wilmington is planned for Dec. 11. Seats are limited so call 910-529-3931 and ask for Marie if you are interested. You will have fun.

Carolina Foot Care will be here in January; we will let you know the date very soon. Computer classes will start back in January.

Ms. Emily from EastPointe will join us on Dec 3. at 12:30 p.m.

I read a story about a lady named Clara. She enjoyed sharing stories from the days of the Great Depression. During that time families only had a few ingredients at their disposal. They had to be very creative in preparing meals. She made cookies with sugar, eggs, flour and salt. I can remember my mama making these cookies. When we got off the bus we could smell tea cakes baking and dry peas cooking. That was a treat. The times were tough but also very interesting. I am trying to write a short book for my grandchildren that also includes homemade remedies.

Last week we were sharing healthy recipes with two guys from Chapel Hill. Some included Polk salad, turpentine and sugar, Castor oil, cod liver oil, and 666 cough syrup – all bad tasting but good for what ails you.

Now we are all sharing Christmas time from long ago including all the cakes and pies sitting on the shelves, candy trees, and a pine Christmas tree with homemade ornaments. Those were great days to go from house to house on Christmas and get oranges and apples. “Don’t get no better.” I love the Christmas season. Let us all rejoice and never forget the real reason for the season.

Live, Love, Laugh and share some happiness! Together we stand, divided we fall!

Marie Faircloth is director of The Garland Senior Center.

By Marie Faircloth

Contributing columnist

Marie Faircloth is director of The Garland Senior Center.

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