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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Tuckerman Senior Center receives Support from Harris Hospital

  • The Tuckerman Senior Center announced their ongoing financial support from Harris Hospital to help fund meals and activities for Senior Citizens. The Center has been functioning independently with their own fundraising efforts.
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  • The City of Tuckerman graciously provides the facility, maintenance, upkeep and utilities to operate the Senior Center. In order to continue to provide this resource for local seniors, the hospital has partnered with the Center by way of ongoing financial support. Betty Sapp, volunteer Center Director says, “We welcome everyone to the Center, or if you need us to deliver a meal, please let us know.” The Center is open from 8 a.m. – 1p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is served at 11:30. They ask for a $2 donation for lunch, but whether you can give or not, all Seniors are encouraged to attend for a healthy lunch. “Our primary mission is to serve Senior Citizens, but we serve anyone in need of a meal,” says Sapp. They also currently have about 25 home meal deliveries they serve daily also. Rebecca Pearrow, Director of Marketing for Harris Hospital says, “Our organization looks for ways we can best support our local communities, and one of the additional sponsorships we have committed to is the Tuckerman Senior Center as well as the Bald Knob Senior Center. These two Centers have both displayed tenacity with their ability to continue to be operational with very limited funds while increasing attendance at the same time. The vision and mission of these two organizations in our secondary service areas are in agreement with Harris Hospital’s goals of promoting healthy living through meal service and social activities, so it was a good choice for us to expand our community support efforts.” The Tuckerman Senior Center has a group called “Happy Quilters” who make quilts to sell to raise funds and also give away to veterans, home bound individuals and nursing home residents. They happily sew baby quilts, lap quilts and more. They have one city-paid cook, but everyone else involved with the Center are volunteers that include the director, assistants and bus driver. Senior Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities provided for them in their local areas through the Senior Centers. “We guarantee you will have a fun, enjoyable time if you come visit with us,” says Sapp. For more information, call the Center at 870-349-2809

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