Lanett to host second annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Day

Published 4:16 pm Thursday, June 13, 2019

LANETT — During the noon hour on Saturday, the City of Lanett will be hosting the second annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Day.

It will be taking place at the Lanett Senior Center, located on the L.B. Sykes campus.

State Rep. Bob Fincher will be speaking and perhaps join Lanett Recreation department staffers in grilling hot dogs on the grounds.

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The event is not just for participants in the senior center program.

Any senior living inside the Lanett city limits is welcome to come out for a free hot dog lunch and to socialize with their peers.

“It’s open to all seniors who live in Lanett,” said site director Tammy Hollis. “We’d like for you to come out and enjoy yourself. We’d like for you to consider joining us and being a member.”

The Lanett Senior Center has 32 active members and six employees.

Every Monday through Friday they receive a free nutritious meal at the center, take part in exercising and take group walks in the nearby James A. Hardy gym.

“Our seniors always enjoy Masters Games competition, and always bring back their share of medals,” Hollis said. “The main thing is that they are enjoying being with friends they’ve made.”

Many of the participants are driven to the center each day by a city bus.

They have special events during holiday seasons such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day and the Fourth of July.

During the growing season, they enjoy fresh vegetables harvested from their raised-bed gardens on the center grounds.

“If they need to go to the grocery store or the drug store, we can take them there by bus,” Hollis said.

“We also take them to out-of-town trips like The Fantasy of Lights at Callaway Gardens.”