Holiday meal held for seniors on the north shore

December 22, 2013 by  

On Wednesday, December 11, the Council on Aging of Salisbury, a town near Newburyport, put on the annual holiday dinner for more than 120 senior citizens at the mid-day hour at the Hilton Senior Center. No doubt the group used printing services to put out a newsletter to let the seniors know the feast was taking place and of the many who volunteered to prepare, cook, and serve the meal.

There were town officials, police, firefighters, and selectmen who served over 200 pounds of turkey and assorted accompaniments at the Hilton Senior Center where the dinner was held.

Sponsors of the meal were the Pettengill House, the Institution for Savings, Joe Mangarpan, and Paul Erwin, who came as Santa Claus. Also involved were the Salisbury Elementary School Kids Club and people from the Department of Public Works.

According to Elizabeth Pettis, director of the Council, this is the most popular event of the year and the Council is very thankful to all of those who help to make it so successful.

The focus of the Salisbury Council on Aging is to improve the quality of life and encourage the independence of the community’s elderly residents. It provides a wide range of activities, such as exercise classes and computer training, to enhance the social and cultural needs of its members. At the Senior Center, there are daily hot lunches and meals can also be delivered to the home. The Council also provides a van for those in wheelchairs who need to get to appointments and carry out their shopping trips.