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Network offers Christmas fun for seniors
Celebration will include a Christmas-themed interdenominational service
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Senior Celebration

When: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville

How much: Free

Contact: Call 770-380-9727 if you have transportation questions.


The holidays are often a time when people look forward to fun-filled family celebrations, but for some seniors the holidays don't always bring tidings of good cheer.

With that in mind, the Hall County Senior Provider Network has come together and planned the Senior Celebration, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"A lot of times around the holidays, mental depression sets in - maybe they've lost a loved one or are alone on the holidays," said Charles White, provider network member. "So we decided to plan the celebration for seniors only. The whole idea is to help them celebrate life."

The provider network is a "loose-knit group of folks" who work in various industries like assisted-living, banking and insurance.

"We get together once a month to share ideas," White said. "A lot of us make our money from the senior community, so we wanted to do something to give back."

The celebration will include a Christmas-themed interdenominational service at First Presbyterian Church on South Enota Drive in Gainesville. The hourlong event will include two speakers and live harp and piano music.

"We will also be singing Christmas carols and will have light refreshments afterward," White said.

If transportation is an issue, White says the group will do its best to help seniors get to the celebration.

"Memorial Park Funeral Home was generous enough to donate three limousines for us to use to help get people here," White said. "We've already filled two of them up. The Senior Life Center is also planning to bring about three bus loads."

Although this is the first time the provider group has held an event like this, organizers say it's important to honor the elder members of society.

"Seniors are the most overlooked group of people," White said. "But if it wasn't for them, none of us would be here, so we want to help them celebrate their lives."