2021 “Celebrate Our Seniors” Program Honors Seniors
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During the August 13-15 weekend, the “Thomye Delle Celebrate Our Seniors” program once again honored several hundred senior citizens in Washington County. It has done so every year since 2004, except for last year when COVID-19 caused the August 2020 program to be canceled.
This year, because of continuing COVID-19 concerns, community and church volunteers loaded up their cars, trucks, and vans with care packages to deliver to three local nursing homes (High Hope Care Center, Argent Court Assisted Living Center, and Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center) and to hundreds of senior citizenhomes all over Washington County.
According to program co-founder and organizer Veronica Ferguson-Maxie, none of this would have been possible without the outpouring of support from local companies, churches, organizations, and private individuals. Given their generous support, hundreds of care packages were stocked with things senior citizens need.
The items included hand sanitizer, snacks, socks, body wash, powder, lotion, hand cream, Q-tips, blankets, playing cards, writing pads, ink pens, gift cards, facial masks, and much more. Each package also included a personal, hand-made greeting card from the youth of Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
Veronica Ferguson-Maxie says, “Needless to say, without our volunteers, it would not have been possible to deliver these care packages to our seniors. Together, these volunteers probably drove over 500 miles delivering the items. We are just so thankful to God for them, our supporters, and our seniors.”
“This year was particularly special because it marked the first year that we brought the senior celebration directly to the front porch of each senior. Given so much isolation over the last 18 months, many seniors appreciated someone simply checking up on them,” said Tre Maxie, co-founder.
Next year, the Celebrate Our Seniors program hopes to return to its traditional format of an in-person program with free BBQ lunches for seniors, live gospel music, bingo games, appreciation awards, healthcare information, door prizes, and most important, fellowship with one another.
Anyone interested in supporting the program with financial or product donations should contact Veronica Ferguson-Maxie through the Celebrate Our Seniors program at telephone (979) 830-5555, email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing address Celebrate Our Seniors, 2628 Hwy 36S, Suite #244, Brenham, Texas 77833. Additional information about the program may be viewed on the website at www.celebrateourseniors.com.
The mission of the Brenham Community Festival's "Celebrate Our Seniors" program is to recognize, honor and celebrate the contributions that the citizens of Washington County have made to their communities. Oftentimes, these individuals and the positive impact they have had on their communities go unrecognized. To date, the program has acknowledged the positive contributions of over 75 individuals and couples. And over 3,500 meals have been served to program participants. In addition to the recognition and meal, live gospel music is presented, bingo is available, and door prizes (including cash) are awarded.
During the 2018 program, the name of the annual program was changed to The Thomye Delle “Celebrate Our Seniors” Day Program in honor of Ms. Thomye Delle Jameson-Ferguson-Burnett, one of the first persons to be honored by the program (2005).