Goshen Council on Aging provides 50 Christmas dinners to seniors 

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/15/2020 12:04:25 PM

GOSHEN – The Council on Aging provided meals and good cheer to the town’s seniors last week, and did so with a little help from a special holiday visitor.

“It was a very huge success,”  said Evelyn Culver, director of the Council on Aging. “Everyone seemed very happy.”

The COA handed out 50 Christmas dinners on Dec. 8, via drive-thru service outside of Town Hall. Also present was Santa Claus, who handed out boxes of chocolates to the seniors. Culver said that Santa’s visit was a well-received one.

“We just need to have our spirits lifted a little bit,” she said.

In normal times, the COA hosts monthly meals for seniors at Town Hall. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to this when Town Hall was shut down shortly after its March meal.

 “We’ve been trying to think of things to do for our elderly,” said Henrietta Munroe, chairwoman of the Council on Aging.

The first of the drive-thru meals was a Thanksgiving one, which was provided to seniors in November. Like the Christmas dinners, 50 were handed out, even though the COA’s meals normally attract 3o to 40 seniors.

“People were really interested in it,” Culver said, noting that seniors had to register to pick up meals in advance. 

Both the Christmas and Thanksgiving meals were made by Spruce Corner Restaurant.

“When I called him he was very happy to help us out,” Culver said of Jerry Bird, owner of  Spruce Corner.

Culver said that she’s sure that a springtime drive-thru meal will happen, possibly in March.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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