Seniors at the Palmer Center in Independence are going for a little more than a standard Christmas tree this year.
On Tuesday, they wrapped the tree in the lobby with lights and other touches. Now the idea is that people will bring an ornament of their own and hang it there for the season. (They’ll get it back.)
“We thought we would try something a little different,” said Vicki Hon, recreation program supervisor at the center.
The center, which served a Thanksgiving meal to 125 people last week, is getting ready to host 224 people for the annual Christmas senior celebration at mid-day this Friday. It includes a meal, photos with Santa and other activities. And, Hon said, that would be a good day to bring an ornament. She said a staff member came up the ornament idea a couple months ago and it seemed to make sense since some people don’t go to all the trouble of holiday decorations at home.
The center serves lunch weekdays to 70 to 80 people.
“This is a second home to a lot of them,” Hon said.
Mary Nastasi of Independence was among those wrapping the tree in lights and garlands on Tuesday. She’s said the regulars at the Palmer Center are like family.
“It’s a blessing to have this place to come to,” she said.