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POSTED: November 24, 2010 12:12 p.m.
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Sistaz with Vizionz volunteers and members of the senior center dance for entertainment.

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Thanksgiving came early this week for some Liberty County residents.
During a Monday afternoon party at the Liberty County Senior Activity Center, volunteers served heaping portions of turkey, savory dressing and yams with toasted marshmallows to 49 senior citizens.
The Sistaz with Vizionz social club coordinated fundraisers in order to provide dinner for seniors who otherwise might not have enjoyed a traditional holiday meal.
Lissette “L-Boogie” Flores, founder of the club, and her group were happy to organize the event for the center’s visitors.
“I feel wonderful,” she said. “They’re awesome.”
Flores, also a local DJ, supplied music for the event, and she and seven other club members cooked the food in the senior center’s cafeteria.
Sistaz with Vizionz Vice President Amanda Lawson said it was the first time the group supplied food for the senior center.
Although the women identify themselves as a social club, Lawson said giving back to the community is important to each member.
“It is showing them that even though they don’t have family, they’ve got extended family,” Lawson said while balancing her daughter Alyssa on her hip as she served meals. “We feel it is just a way to give back to them and let them know they’re not forgotten.”
Center Director Chrislene Nelson-Taylor snapped photos during the event while seniors ate and watched as Sue Aspinwall got out of her chair to dance the electric slide with club members.
“It is like she is dancing for them,” Nelson-Taylor said of the senior’s energy.
Tena Morris, 68, smiled and bobbed her head to the music as Aspinwall danced in front of her.
“I think this is nice. I love to party,” Morris said. “This is beautiful. We’re seniors, but we’re not dead. At least I’m not.”
Morris said she enjoyed the meal and spending time with other at the party. “It was good turkey and dressing. Everything was good. I enjoyed it,” she said.
Local Girl Scout troops also donated their time and hand- delivered specially wrapped gift baskets filled with cookies, ham and canned goods for the seniors. Five members of the LOCO club (ladies of character organization) also bought goods for the baskets. The members are former Girl Scouts.
“It is an experience and they learn that they will be elderly one day and we train them to be respectful of all adults,” said Girl Scout leader coordinator Millie Wilson.
Nelson-Taylor said the event is a way for seniors in the county to get out of the house and enjoy time with others during the holiday season.
“They have a great time. Sometimes the holidays are very depressing [if they’re alone] and I think we lifted them up,” she said. “I think it has been a great success.”

 

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