Garland Senior Center to pamper its seniors

By Marie Faircloth - Under the Shade Tree
Marie Faircloth -

Greetings! Thank God for the sunshine and the rain. It’s a little cool today, but we know there are bright sunshiny days ahead.

The Garland Senior Center has a lot of upcoming events planned. Who could use a nice foot massage and get you toe nails trimmed, if that’s you, please join us April 23, Carolina Foot Care will be here around 10:30 a.m. Make sure you bring your insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid card. May 1, 2018 we will begin our six-week diabetic program. One day per week for four hours at no charge. Of course, you all know about the Older American Month in May; please join us May 24 for a fun filled day and all events are free. For more information call Marie at 910-596-8246.

Senior Games was a blast, with more than 300 participants! I understand that our Region M had the most senior involvement. Shout out to Catherine and Region M, a salute to Sabina Gamas and Charles Powell. Ms. Sabina was the oldest participant at 91 years young. She will soon be show cased in the Paraglide paper as well as the Sampson Independent. Congrats to you guys. We are also planning some practice dates for next year’s games; so be on the look out for those dates.

Featured senior

Sabina Gamas has been coming to the Garland Senior Center since 1984. Recently, Mrs. Gamas took part in the Mid Carolina Senior Games held at Pope AFB in Fayetteville where she was the oldest senior to participate and won many medals. Sabina has been a part of the Senior Games since she joined the Garland Senior Center in 1984.

Mrs. Gamas loves to sew and crochet. She is a very friendly lady who is always willing to help. Her kind heart and gentle spirit makes Sabina one of a kind. Mrs. Gamas likes to volunteer and lend her helping hands.

Sabina is in great physical shape for her age of 91. In the evenings she feeds a herd of cattle and can do 12 pushups at any given time!

When asked what advice she’d give others, Sabina smiled sweetly and replied, “Always be happy and talk to your friends. Always be nice to people and people will be nice to you.”

I invite all my readers to get involved in some type of volunteer program. There are so many opportunities out there. How fitting is our theme for Older American Month, “Engage at Any Age”, the more active you are the better off you are physically and mentally.

Words to Live By, all while under the shade tree:

• All things are possible through faith.

• You can never be a good leader, if you have never been a follower.

• Always season your words with LOVE, just in case you have to eat them again.

• Live, Laugh, Love

• Treat others the way you want to be treated.

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By Marie Faircloth

Under the Shade Tree