Every month, the Armed Services YMCA holds a catered luncheon for seniors that is paired with a speaker who gives an informative talk about health issues that may affect them.

December was different, however, in that seniors got to enjoy a breakfast instead, sans speaker, and got to simply enjoy each other’s company.

ASYMCA Executive Director Sheri Yerrington said, “This is our annual time that we feed the seniors at Christmastime; this is about them visiting, this is about them engaging with each other, and the staff engaging with them.”

This is the first time that the ASYMCA has served a breakfast, and despite the early hour it was quite well attended, with about 35 showing up initially and more coming in as the breakfast went on.

Yerrington said, “We’ve not done the breakfast before. We thought it would be a nice change and a way to show our appreciation for them.”

While the initial plan was for the ASYMCA staff to cook made-to-order pancakes, flu season rather got in the way of that, but the seniors were treated instead to a full breakfast catered by Cracker Barrel. This included eggs, pancakes, muffins, bacon, sausage, biscuits and jelly, yogurt and granola parfaits, coffee, orange juice, sweet tea, and water.

The meal had a decided holiday theme. There was Christmas music playing on the speakers, poinsettias were placed on the serving tables, and the staff, who served the breakfast to the seniors, wore Santa aprons and hats.

And the laid-back breakfast was incredibly well received.

Deborah Jones of Killeen said, “I think this is awesome, because you get to see your friends and ... make new friends. I just love this place ... they really care about the senior citizens. There are always things to do and this breakfast and the luncheons are a big part of it.”

Elder Sharon B. Joseph of Harker Heights said, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas to me! I’m new, from the New Orleans area, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to have the fellowship of people of my age and to meet new friends.”

“I’m new from Ohio,” said Marcia Thomas of Killeen,” (and) this is my first senior experience. I’m glad for the opportunity for fellowship and to meet new people, to find out about the new things about Killeen, and the opportunities to socialize.”

Once everyone had been served and had a chance to eat and visit a little with their tablemates, Yerrington said to the group, “I just want to say Merry Christmas. Thank you for coming, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you.”

Senior luncheons are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ASYMCA Wellness Center in Harker Heights. Contact them at 254-690-9622 for more information.

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