The Monett Senior Citizens Center has planned its annual "Miles for Meals" walk-a-thon for Saturday, Sept. 25 at Monett South Park. Finances raised in the effort will support the center's meal program.
The Monett center offers both a hot lunch program Monday through Friday at 405 Dairy St. and a home-delivered meals program to shut-ins. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound seniors in Monett, Pierce City and Purdy.
"Our fundraiser goal is $5,000," said Marilyn Shepherd, board president and walk-a-thon event chairperson. "Funds will be used in replenishing and updating, where necessary, adequate equipment to keep the center a place for a good hot meal."
From July 2009 through June 2010, the center served and delivered more than 40,500 meals.
"These meals are especially important to area seniors in these current times," Shepherd said.
The walk-a-thon is the only public fundraiser run by the center annually. The center also provides a safe place for seniors to gather, visit friends, enjoy a card game, play pool, watch television and receive information on issues concerning seniors. Assistance on issues such as tax preparation is also available through the center.
"The board of directors strives to keep the center functioning well, both now and for the future," Shepherd said. "To accomplish this, we need the help of the community each year with this fundraiser. Please help us keep this center and meal program vital for current and future seniors."
The walkathon is a walk in the park, not a marathon. Individuals and businesses can take part by making direct donations to the senior center ,by recruiting a team of walkers or becoming an event sponsor. Walkers must obtain their own pledges and will be eligible for various prizes that have been donated. All ages can participate.
For more information or to obtain a walker's packet, call the center at 235-3285.