To the editor:

Each year, the Georgetown Kiwanis Club hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Penn Brook School.

Typically, club members arrive at 6 a.m. to cook 20 22-pound turkeys and then join with Georgetown High School Key Club members to serve dinner to more than 200 older adults.

The tables are always beautifully decorated and the happy sound of conversation and laughter fill the cafeteria. In order to keep everyone safe, the annual dinner could not be held this year. People were disappointed but understood the need for the change.

Always seeking to serve the community, a new idea was planned and the Kiwanis Club decided to donate 200 individual Table Talk and Market Basket pies to the Georgetown Council on Aging for distribution.

When the Friends of the Council on Aging heard that the pie distribution was planned, they quickly crafted delightful colorful turkey centerpieces that were designed to include a roll of toilet paper!

At the same time, an unexpected call came from the Penn Brook student council. Would we like some handmade cards to deliver to some of our consumers? On top of the planned pie distribution, a previously planned grab-and-go turkey lunch now included special desserts, centerpieces and cards. What a welcome surprise!

On behalf of the Georgetown Council on Aging, I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club, the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Penn Brook School student council for reminding us that the true light that Thanksgiving brings to our lives will not be dimmed no matter the current challenges.

We are thankful for all of you!

Colleen Ranshaw-Fiorello

Director

Georgetown Council on Aging

 

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