Volunteers needed for garden, meals

By: By Marie Faircloth - Contributing columnist

Greetings to everyone! It has been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and pen my thoughts. I have missed sharing our news article. To my faithful readers, thank you for the calls and concerns about the Garland Center.

So far we have had a successful year. We just finished an eight week “matter of balance” class as well as some diabetic sessions followed by Eat Smart, Move More. If you are interested in a warm water swim class, you must wear a bathing suit. It is all free at the Sampson Wellness Center.

We have some real games going on – “the noodle ball game” is so fun!! Chair Volleyball – good exercise. Devotional daily – Pastor Rouse of Garland Baptist is here monthly. Ms. Brenda Harmon comes on the 2nd and 4th Thursday with a mini food bank, plus a spiritual session. Come join us.

Basic computer classes will begin Sept. 2. On Nov. 8th it will be “Free” Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 am. Seats are limited so call 529-3931 to get your name on the list.

To everyone, please be careful in this hot weather – drink plenty of water, stay inside, keep curtains and blinds closed; this will help keep the house cool. Check on our other seniors – have a buddy system.

The Garland Center has a community garden – we are in need of volunteers so please help us! We are in need of volunteers for home-delivered meals as well so please call if you can 529-3931 if you can help. This is a rewarding program and will take about 30-40 minutes. Thank you in advance.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the King and Melvin families in their time of sorrow. Pray for the sick and shut in.

Please remember that the sewing room and computer lab are open daily – just come on out and choose what you like to do. Get out the house. September is Senior Centers month and we will have something special – watch the news! Join us on the porch for sharing memories, a little nodding and some ole time singing. The porch is the “bomb of the center”.

Where are you from??? You know you are from Sampson if you say these sayings – “up the road aways”, “if you don’t hush I’ma knock you down”, “stay out the water until you learn to swim”, “hush or I’ll give you something to cry about”, “go in there and heist that window”, “close that door”, “these bugs bout to eat my butt up”, “ get those groceries from the boot”, or “go crank the car”. The list can go on. We made our own vocabulary. “Put me some oil in that spedie.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy family “under the shade tree of life!”

By Marie Faircloth

Contributing columnist