At Harbert Community Church
Monday, December 10th - 11:30
Pot Luck, Bingo, Gift Exchange
Come join us for Bingo, and a potluck lunch (the Center will provide the meat entree), Please bring a dish to pass. Please bring a $2.00 wrapped Christmas gift to exchange (something Christmas like an ornament, candle, etc.).We will raffle off a table runner provide by the River Valley Senior Center Quilters and we will have Turkeys as runner up prizes All this and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here. Mark your Calendar for this special event. S sign up or call for reservation by December 1st at 469-4556
Toys for Tots
Box at the Senior Center
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes new unwrapped toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Please drop off toys by Dec. 11th
.The Giving Tree
Come help us decorate “The Giving Tree” with hats, scarfs, mittens, gloves, socks and footies for the needy children and adults in our service area. Items should be new and not gift wrapped. Last year was a huge success. Please put items on tree by Dec. 11th.
Board Of Directors Meeting
Wed, December 19th, at 9:00
The River Valley Senior Center Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting in the upper level of the Senior Center on the third Wednesday of each month.
Health News By Kathy Steinke
For a variety of reasons the holidays are so stressful. During the holiday season we rush around decorating the house, baking goodies and big elaborate meals, and go from store to store trying to find the perfect gifts. Or maybe you are on the flip side of that and don’t look forward to the holidays because you miss family and friends that have moved away or passed away. In either case you can suffer from depression and social isolation. How can we de-stress our holidays? Some ways to de-stress our holidays include; planning trips, get-togethers, shopping, baking, or other activities ahead of time. That way it occurs on a schedule that works for you, making sure that you allow yourself downtime for meals, naps, and rest. Concentrate on a few special times instead of filling every moment with some activity. Prioritize what is really important to you this holiday season. Is it baking cookies or decorating the whole house? Give up on finding the perfect gift for everyone. Ask family member to pitch in with decorating, meals, cookies, wrapping, shoveling, even laundry. Everyone likes to be needed and most people will willingly help if asked. If you're lonely, the holidays are the perfect time to reach out to others who are in the same situation in your church or community, even if the reaching out is done by phone. You might make a new friend or two. If you are lonely and are able, try volunteering at a soup kitchen, food pantry event, or other charity. If you tend toward post-holiday blues after everyone has gone, plan for something special or fun for after Christmas or New Year’s Day. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with old friends and family that you didn’t see over the holidays. And no matter what your beliefs are remember the holidays are a time to give thanks and gratitude.