NEWTON, NC (Dec. 11, 2012) – A group of senior citizens in Newton enjoyed a homemade meal Dec. 11 at the Newton Police Department’s annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon. In a departure from previous years, the senior citizens from the department’s “call list” were treated to a homemade meal instead of a catered meal. Lunch included country style steak, chicken pie, green beans, sweet potato casserole and banana pudding.
Police Chief Don Brown said, “The holiday season is a time to share with your loved ones. We truly enjoy and look forward to hosting the annual luncheon. We’re always happy to see the senior citizens enjoy the event.”
Mayor Anne Stedman offered the invocation prior to the meal. Council members Tom Rowe and Wes Weaver also attended and mingled with the guests.
Shirley Lindley said the holiday luncheon and daily phone calls bolster her spirits.
“I really appreciate it (the calls),” Lindley said at the luncheon. “It makes me feel that they really care about us.”
Emma Williams, who has attended the luncheon several years, said, “I enjoy each year, and I love every one of them.”
Retired Police Chief James Masters created the call list 31 years ago.
Senior citizens on the list call the police department every morning to check in and tell the police they’re OK. If a senior citizen hasn’t called by 9 a.m., the police department will call that person. If there is no answer, an officer will go to the residence to check on the individual.
If anyone is interested in more information about the list, call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.