Senior Dinners Full of Laughter and Holiday Spirit

Mrs. Claus visits with seniors at Trailside

On December 10, 2009, Trailside Senior Center was alive with activity, Mrs. Claus bustled about, warm smells drifted out of the kitchen and laughter filled the dining room as over 100 people enjoyed Senior Christmas Dinners.  The traditional annual Christmas dinners are sponsored by the Midland Area Community Foundation and intended to celebrate our community’s giving nature.

Over 20 local businesses, nonprofits and individuals contribute to the event, donating money, gifts and time to make the event possible. All of the six Midland County Senior Centers promote the event among local seniors and cook a full Christmas Dinner.  As the seniors arrive for the event, they sign in to register for the door prizes.  As everyone greets friends and chats with staff, the room fills quickly.  Pretty soon, everyone is singing Christmas carols and laughing.  After a invocation everyone sits down to eat.  But this isn’t the usual meal, this meal is served by community service organization volunteers.  The Sunrise Optimist at Midland Happy Diners, Kiwassee Kiwanis at Coleman Senior Services Center, Midland Rotary at Greendale Senior Center, Midland Kiwanis at Sanford Senior Center, Midland Lions Club at Trailside Senior Center. Volunteers from all of these organizations serve dinner to everyone who attends, sing, help clean up, and pass out door prize

After dinner, it’s time for the door prizes.  Donated by area businesses and organizations, the door prizes range from whole hams to bags of fruit to gift certificates. Everyone gets excited as gifts are pulled out of boxes.  The seniors recognize and appreciate the contributions as well as the spirit of camaraderie the event brings.  The annual event is enjoyed by all; the staff, the servers and the Midland Area Community Foundation staff.