NEWTON, NC (Dec. 11, 2013) – A group of senior citizens in Newton enjoyed a homemade meal Dec. 10 at the Newton Police Department’s annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon at the Newton Rec Center. The seniors participate in the police department’s Senior Citizen Call List, initiated more than 20 years ago by retired Police Chief James Masters.
Police Chief Don Brown, in his welcoming, stated, “We truly enjoy hosting the annual luncheon for you, and thank you for being here. It’s always wonderful to see your faces, and the holiday season is a time to share with others.”
Rev. Fred Thompson, former police chaplain and a program participant, said, “We all want to express our gratitude to all of you (at the Newton Police Department) because you render us a significant service which not only gives us some assurance that we’re not alone, but it also gives us the assurance that there are people around who really care.”
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. All contact is personal, as many of the participating seniors do not have family members that live close by.
Anyone is interested in more information about the list may call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.