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April 2021
Leisa Alexander

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone few of you may have seen, but may have benefited from her volunteering. Lesia (pronounced Lisa) Alexander has been helping us out since 2020. During that time she has helped serve meals for Thanksgiving, Operation Senior Claus, and most recently, the Grab-n-Go dinners Monday thru Friday she can be helping out her sister, Mae Lucero, getting the dinners from the local restaurants, then helping to distribute them to seniors at the center. However, Leisa doesn’t just come here help to serve food. All that work can wear a person out, so when she’s not volunteering, she enjoys coming to the center’s Aerobics Program to boost her cardio. Originally from Meridian, MS, she and her two siblings came out Calif., to live with, and be raised by their big sister Mae, when their mom passed away. After she grew up she went to work for the Dept. of Corrections where she worked for 27 years before retiring. During that time she raised a son, who in turn, gave her a grandchild. Thanks Leisa for helping to ensure that our senior don’t go hungry.


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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.