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Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon

NEWTON, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2015)—The Newton Police Department welcomed close to two dozen seniors at its annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 8.

Holiday lunchThe honored guests at the annual luncheon are members of the police department’s call list. Members telephone the police department every morning to let officers know they’re all right. If someone on the list fails to call, officers try to reach the person by phone. When anyone on the list cannot be reached by phone, an officer heads to the person’s home to make sure he or she is well.

“I couldn’t live without these officers,” said Linda Thomas. “They’re just wonderful.”

She said she appreciates the extra attention given to her and other seniors on the call list, adding that officers have not only come to her home to check on her but also have helped her when one of her two Yorkies escaped from their fence.

“We’re all grateful for all that you do for us,” the Rev. Fred Thompson said to the assembled officers before blessing the meal.

Attendees enjoyed a lunch of salad, spaghetti, lasagna, dinner rolls and an assortment of desserts. Ken and the Troubadours, led by Newton Parking Enforcement Officer Ken Campbell, played a twangy mix of bluegrass classics and Christmas carols during the luncheon.

After the meal, Newton Police Chief Don Brown stood to draw numbers for prizes for each guest.

The police department’s call list was started more than three decades ago. Brown said his officers look forward to coming together with Newton’s seniors every year around Christmastime.

If you would like to join the Newton Police Department’s call list, call 828-465-7430 and ask to speak with the records department.

View photos from the luncheon here: http://bit.ly/1OT48L8.