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Holiday dinners offered to local senior citizens
LIVINGSTON – For the third year, the Livingston Brookshire Brothers grocery store is once again offering free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to local senior citizens. The meals will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 27; on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28; and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Because the store will be closed on Christmas Day, senior citizens may pick up their meals for that day on Christmas Eve. The deli is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day, when it will operate from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Begun in 2011, the program has been funded through donations from the Livingston Rotary Club. The Livingston Lions Club also has expressed interest in helping support the program this year. The idea behind the Meals for Senior Citizens effort was launched by the store's bakery/deli manager, Dixie Lewis, when she saw a need to help senior citizens who were living on fixed incomes. "Working in a grocery store you see people come to shop and you get to know them. Too many times you see senior citizens having to decide whether to buy their medicine or something to eat and it can just break your heart," she said. Because the grocery store is open on Thanksgiving Day, Lewis said she noticed a lot of older people in need coming into the store on a day set aside for families. In many cases they had no family nearby with which to share the holidays. "Sometimes they are all alone and sometimes they have a spouse that is homebound. We decided that we needed to do something," she said. Those wishing to take part in the holiday meal program may come to the store and pick up a voucher for a meal that includes turkey, two sides, a roll and a drink. They can eat the meal at the store or carry it home. "If they have a homebound spouse, we will send a meal home to them," she added. Anyone wishing to donate to the program may do so at the store's office. Lewis noted that any money not used over Thanksgiving and Christmas will be returned to the donors.