|Magnolia Place donation a welcome Christmas gift |
|Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:06 pm |
|By DONNA RYDER |
The Eddie Cox Senior Center is always bustling with activity and that won’t stop this Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but it will be a different kind of activity.
Senior citizens who typically participate in the Obion County Senior Citi-zens Center’s card games, exercise classes and line dancing will have to find other activities to engage themselves.
When the senior center closes for the Christmas holiday Dec. 23, employees with Searcy Builder Contractor and Cooper Electric will move in and start work to lower the large ballroom ceiling. The changes are being made possible with a $25,000 donation from Magnolia Place Assisted Living in Union City. The changes will improve the sound and lighting and will help lower utility costs for the building, according to senior center executive director Margaret Cook, who showed her appreciation to Magnolia Place director David Johnson during the center’s Christmas party on Wednesday.
Johnson told the senior citizens when Magnolia Place was opened, its intent was to be a non-profit organization. He said the facility recently found itself to be in a place where it could give money above its operating expense to charitable organizations and the board of directors agreed to use excess funds to help local senior citizens.
Johnson told The Messen-ger Magnolia Place will be reinvesting its money in Obion County instead of sending it outside the county. “We’re hometown folks helping hometown folks,” he said.
The center will reopen on its regular schedule Jan. 9.
Published in The Messenger 12.15.11