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July 2020
Mae Lucero

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone who really stepped it up during the COVID-19 shutdown. Mae Luerco had been volunteering her time in the food program before the shutdown, coming in and accepting donations, taking down names, and checking membership. She would also come in early and before the rush of the crowd, to help with setting up, cleaning tables, vacuuming, and emptying the trash. Once the shutdown happened as our lunch program evolved while still keeping the food program, Mae went into overdrive. While others stayed home, Mae came in 5 days a week to help package and pass out the lunches, making sure all the health regulations were maintained. She would then stay after to help out with the Walmart Food Program, unloading the food, separating and sorting, then handing that out as well. Again, once she was done, she would help clean up and take down the area. During all this, her perpetual smile and sweet attitude never wavered. Thanks Mae for making sure our seniors got something to eat.


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Christmas is just around the corner and Operation Senior Claus is in full force. No matter what you call him (Father Christmas, Black Peter, Grandfather Frost, Swiety Mijolaj, Winter Grandfather, or St. Nick), he is working with all his helpers here at the center to make sure everyone in Highland wakes up with a smile on their face this Christmas. Santas little helpers from the Highland Senior Center, Highland Noon Kiwanis, and the Highland Womans Club are pitching in to help 60 seniors in need.

However, with all these helping hands, Santa still needs your help. We will be preparing Christmas dinners (turkey and all the trimmings), and little gift baskets for some good seniors who managed to stay off the naughty list. To do this we are still in need of money donations, gift cards to food markets, as well as hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, shampoo); enough for 60 people.

So please think about helping out those less fortunate as you and maybe, just maybe, if youre on Santas naughty list, this might push you over onto the nice list.

By the way, Kris Kringle is a varation of Christkindl. When Martin Luther was doing his reformation of the church. He was upset that Santa was the main person of Christmas, (over shadowing Jesus). Knowing better than to get rid of the well known gift bringer, He said Santa accompanies the christ child (Christkindl in German). Christkindl became known as Kriss Kingle.