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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Walking for seniors

  • The 2014 Arkansas Meals for Seniors Walk is right around the corner and the Cleburne County Aging Program is gearing up for another successful year.
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  • The 2014 Arkansas Meals for Seniors Walk is right around the corner and the Cleburne County Aging Program is gearing up for another successful year. 
     
    The Walk is held every year to help raise money for Senior Services in our area.  “Everything that we raise here, stays here,” said Cleburne County Aging Program Coordinator Alma Smith.  “It stays at Cleburne County Aging and doesn’t go anywhere else. We’ve done this since 1992 and it has been our major fundraiser for all these years. This is the one time we go out into the community and ask everyone we can for their support”
     
    The Walk will take place in the front parking lot of the Waychoff Senior Center at 320 Trailwood Drive in Heber Springs on May 3rd, kicking off at 9am.  “We rope off the parking lot and walk circles in the lot,” said Smith.  “We used to get permission to do it in Spring Park and walk out there and that was a major undertaking to get everything out there and organized.”
     
    Those interested in participating in the walk can pick up registration packets at the Aging Program Office in the Waychoff Senior Center.  They are asking for flat pledges rather than a pledge-per-mile, which should be turned in no later than May 2nd, though late pledges, will be accepted after the walk.  Prizes will be awarded for the Youngest Walker, Oldest Walker, and Most Money Raised.  In addition, everyone that turns in at least $35 in pledges will receive a T-shirt.  Lunch and prize awards will take place after the walk. 
     
    The Cleburne County Aging Program is an invaluable resource for our area seniors.  They are certainly one of the “Gems of Cleburne County” we love to highlight and any support you can give them will be appreciated not only by the seniors they serve, but also by the community as a whole. 
     
    Smith shared letters they received recently from a couple of grateful persons they have served:
     
    “Thanks to ALL involved.  My mother loves her lunches and is eating a lot better.  What a treasure to have you all helping so many.  On behalf of my mother, I thank you over and over again.”
     
    “You have some good cooks.  I’m enjoying the meals.  Thanks also to the ones who deliver the meds.”
     
    For more information on this year’s Seniors Walk and registration packets, contact Alma Smith or Sharron Brown at 501-362-2413.
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