The Bristol Press – Plainville seniors find good food and company at the Senior Center this Christmas.
PLAINVILLE – Local seniors enjoyed having company and a good meal together at the Plainville Senior Center this Christmas, prepared by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Meals were served at 11:30 a.m. at the senior center at 200 East St. The cafeteria area the senior center a nicely decorated Christmas tree and placemats with images of Santa, stockings and snowmen to help spread the Christmas cheer.
A team of about a dozen volunteers, meanwhile, worked hard to prepare a nice Christmas dinner with ham, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs and more. There was also a table set up where they came in where volunteers served them sweet treats like eggnog, fruit cups and chocolates.
Danielle Rivera and her family have been volunteering to provide these Christmas meals for seniors for 30 years. Nicole Rivera, Danielle Rivera’s daughter, has been volunteering at the Plainville Senior Center since she was 3 years old. Now, she brings her own children, Jeremy, 13, and Adrianna, 11, to continue the family tradition.
“We wouldn’t know what to do without coming here on Christmas day,” said Danielle Rivera. “Our grandchildren are up at 4:30 a.m. to open presents and then we make our way here. The seniors get excited to see our family year after year. They remember the kids and like seeing them grow up.”
Several local seniors expressed their gratitude to the volunteers and to the senior center for providing them with this opportunity to enjoy Christmas together. Danielle Rivera greeted several of them with big hugs as they arrived.
Alan Preston said that Christmas at the Plainville Senior Center is “excellent.”
“They do a great job and there’s lots of food,” he said. “They even let you go back for more.”
John Baron started coming to the Plainville Senior Center for different activities, such as fitness classes, bingo and pool, 15 months ago. This is his first year coming to the Christmas dinner.
“I had heard very good things about it,” he said. “I like to come here to socialize, meet up with friends and keep active.”
Pat LeBeau said that the volunteers do a “wonderful” job each year.
“I have been coming for several years now,” he said. “It’s good to be here and to have people to talk to. The food is very good.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.