PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help provide a nice, traditional meal for seniors on Christmas Day.
The meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. at the senior center at 200 East St. Ronda Guberman, assistant director, said that it provides seniors a chance to enjoy company and camaraderie for the holiday.
“For the folks that come, it’s an opportunity if they don’t have family in the area, to not be alone on holidays,” she said. “The holidays can be a lonely time of year for some people. This way, they get to be with friends, enjoy the company of others and participate in a nice, traditional dinner with all the trimmings. Nobody has to be alone.”
The Plainville Senior Center has provided meals on Christmas for 46 years. In a typical year, Guberman said, the Plainville Senior Center serves 65 to 70 people on Christmas. They also deliver meals for the homebound.
“We have a lot of volunteers that come back to help out year after year,” she said. “It’s special for them too. They almost become like a holiday family for each other if they come often enough.”
Guberman especially thanked Danielle Rivera, who she said has been volunteering to provide Christmas meals for seniors for 30 years. This year, she will be joined by her husband, daughter and grandchildren.
“They come in at 5 a.m. to start cooking the turkeys,” said Guberman. “It’s a wonderful tradition for them. Her grandchildren have grown up having Christmas here.”
Guberman said that the Plainville Senior Center is in need of eight additional volunteers this year. She encouraged people to help make Christmas “a little brighter for our local seniors.”
“We’re looking for people to set up, assist with food prep and serving, help with cleaning up and help with checking people in at the door,” she said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to help others, make new friends and celebrate what Christmas is all about.”
To volunteer, call Ronda Guberman at 860-747-5728.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.