Garland Center earns excellence honor

Greetings to all. It is good to sit down and write again. It has been a while. I have missed sharing my seniors’ moments! It has been a busy spring and the start of a summer.

First of all, a special thanks to everyone who helped in any way to get us through the certification process. We are proud to say we received the Senior Center of Excellence for five more years. A special thanks to Linda Armwood who worked day and night for five months making sure we got everything right. My participants were great and volunteers were A plus. To God Be The Glory!!!

The Older American Month was a great success. Special thanks to Stephen Maynor and the Commission of Indian Affairs who was our Gold Sponsor. Once again thank you, Mr. Maynor. Thanks to all our local sponsors that provided drinks, water, snacks, tents, and money donations. A special thanks to Lesia Henderson and the Sampson County Family Caregivers Program for their contribution. The cakewalk was the “bomb”. Another thanks to Mrs. Henderson and family caregivers for providing a library for the center. If you have not visited the library, please come see it. The library is such a calm, wonderful place to work on computers, read, relax or meditate. We share the computer lab. Thanks to all that contributed books, lamps and chairs. To God Be The Glory!!

We have several upcoming events. The Cooperative Extension Service with Dona Adams is sponsoring an eight-week class entitled Making Good Food Choices. It is a great program every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Come exercise, learn new recipes, and try tasty samples. This is a free class. Shuttle shopping is the first and third Friday of each month. You can get your groceries, medicines, visit the bank and enjoy a snack. Larry Sutton presents a history program on the second and fourth Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Chair volleyball is a big thing here at the center. Please come out and try it. We will have lots of fun and laughter with good exercise.

Volunteers are needed in the Garland Community Garden. Let’s work together and reap the harvest. We are behind since the grounds have been so wet that no one has been able to work and plow the field. Thank God it is now ready to plant. Call Sheila Smith at 385-5107 or Marie at 596-8246 if you are able to help. We are all excited because “Together we stand and divided we fall”.

God is so good; we give him Honor and Blessings. He is worthy to be praised. He woke us up this morning. Let’s remember all our sick and shut-in and the bereaved families especially our very own Mrs. Linda Hill. We pray she will have a speedy recovery.

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