Gracie Kertis visits Santa during a special program for elderly residents sponsored by the Housing Authority of the city of Pine Bluff recently. Special to The Commercial
The Housing Authority of the city of Pine Bluff recently held the seventh annual Elderly Christmas Celebration to honor seniors at the agency’s O’Neal Wilson Community Center.
Gospel recording artist Dedric Jones of Pine Bluff and guests sang and residents were greeted to visits with Santa Claus.
The Rev. Anthony Armstrong, pastor of Unity Fellowship Church, praised the residents and Pine Bluff Police Sgt. Lynn Wright took the stage to let all the seniors know that extra safety precautions needed to be taken during this time of the year.
Joyce Vaughan from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff told the elderly to show no signs of stopping and she gave them health and nutrition tips.
The holiday lights were turned low as Karen Lee, resident services director, gave a presentation.
Housing Authority director Jeannie H. Epperson thanked the seniors “for gracefully weathering life’s storm,” a spokesman said.
“The gift of our elderly is a precious thing that is slowly dying,” the spokesman said. “The annual celebration was a commitment of partnerships and volunteers through gifts, time and effort for a group worth dignifying. PBHA loves the elderly so, they let it show, let it show, let it show.”