The annual Older Adults Program Christmas Luncheon was held at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton on Friday, December 19. This is the premiere holiday event of the year for our seniors and for many, it’s their only holiday celebration. This year, 44 volunteers, representing five area churches, volunteered their service, food and finances to make the luncheon possible. 146 older adults enjoyed the traditional holiday meal, plus raffles and games.

“This Christmas luncheon has become a holiday tradition for us—very much so,” said Marie. “Last year was my first time, and it was very nice so I couldn’t wait to come this year. My ankle’s real bad and I’m getting a little behind in everything, so I almost thought I shouldn’t come—but then I decided, no, I’m going because I love it.”

Another older adult, Rosalie, shared that the staff and volunteers have made an impact on her life. “I’ve been coming for twelve years. And they do help you out with a lot of things you’d like to know that you don’t know. I still use all the gifts I’ve received over the years—the pillow and blanket from past years keep me warm.”

The Franklin Middle School Chamber Orchestra provided entertainment. Each senior received a Jewel gift certificate and personal gift of a tea pot, packages of tea and coffee, plus dish clothes hand knitted by a team of volunteers.

The Older Adults Program is a service of Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream.