Senior center treated to free meal
The words "Christmas dinner" might instantly bring to mind thoughts of fellowship, friends, family and food, and this year all were evident as the Woodburn Senior Center hosted its second annual Christmas gathering on Dec. 13.
Organizers said the Wednesday event was a huge success, with more than 65 seniors attending, many of whom were first-time visitors to the center.
The seniors enjoyed a meal from the Salem Home Town Buffet with all the traditional dishes, including roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie.
According to Tamara Randel, the marketing director at Country Meadows Village, the dinner was donated by the six senior living communities in Woodburn: Country Meadows Village, Cascade Park, Heartwood Place, Silver Creek, Emerald Gardens and Heritage House.
"All of us work closely with Woodburn seniors and wanted to help provide a warm Christmas meal for all the seniors in our city, not just the ones who live in our communities," Randel said in a press release.
Besides providing the dinner, organizers who work at each of the six senior communities — Tamara Randel, Sandy Abt, Holly Hordichok, Katherine Lancaster, Bridget Buchholz and Shannon Souza — volunteered to help the community center staff set up, clean up and serve.
Additionally, John McQuiddy from Salem Home Town Buffet donated six gift certificates for free meals and has pledged to donate two each month for the coming year.
The Woodburn Senior Center is currently housed at the Woodburn United Methodist Church.
In addition to community events, the center provides a variety of activities for seniors, including exercise classes, health seminars, crafts, computer help and free bingo. It also provides a free lunch every Wednesday.
For more information, call Connie Lumm at 503-989-9927.