Feeding seniors becoming Christmas tradition for many East TN families

Monday, December 24, 2018

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – More than 540 senior citizens were greeted with a hot meal and a present this Christmas, thanks to CAC Office on Aging and dozens of volunteers.

The volunteers filled their cars with coolers and gifts, taking a list of addresses, then driving off. Many of them showed up before opening gifts.

Ken Brown has helped out for five years. It’s a tradition he says he and his family look forward to every year.

“Folks are always super nice…they appreciate the service and all and it’s nice to have a big smile and a Merry Christmas,” he said.

Max Rogers, his wife and two middle-school aged children loaded up their car before opening presents on Christmas.

They delivered to five seniors. Mary Ogle was one of them.

She lives alone and while she remembers cooking for her family and others for decades, she can’t this year because she says, “the time comes when you can’t do what you used to.”

“It’s just sweet to see somebody like that that don’t have family. If we can make their day better, take an hour out of ours, why not,” Rogers said. “Everybody needs a little love on Christmas,” he added.

“It makes you feel good inside to be able to give back and to contribute a little bit rather than to take.”