What reminds you of the upcoming holiday season? Many people will mention food as one of the top items. Others will mention gifts ... Most will mention family gatherings.
For some, the holidays can bring hardships and serve as a reminder to people of the difficulties they face when trying to make the best of the Christmas Season for their loved ones.
RSVP Volunteers and Dial-A Ride Public Transportation Program will be two of the many groups in the community to help assist at the “One Stop Community Christmas” on Dec. 15 at the Salvation Army on 1300 Richmond Ave. in Mattoon.
One Stop Community Christmas is prepared to aid more than 600 families including 1,500 area children from five counties by handing out all the necessary supplies for the ideal Christmas morning. Presents, gift-wrapping paper and even the holiday ham will leave in the arms of grateful parents.
Karen Lee, RSVP volunteer coordinator, has worked diligently with the RSVP Volunteers in order to assist with providing additional manpower to see that this year’s One Stop Community Christmas goes off without a hitch.
Registered parents are invited to the Salvation Army where they will be greeted with a personal shopper to help them through the different gift stations and all families will be given supplies to prepare a delicious Christmas meal.
The Dial-A-Ride Program will also be helping out by offering transportation to parents or guardians in need who are not able to drive to the Salvation Army for the One Stop Community Christmas on that day for a donation.
In order to arrange for transportation, call 217-639-5169. Dial-A-Ride can take reservations up to two weeks in advance.
The Coles County Council on Aging offices are located at the LifeSpan Center, located at 11021 E. County Road 800 N., Charleston (northeast of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center). The telephone number for the Coles County Council on Aging and LifeSpan Center is 217-639-5150. The telephone numbers for the programs are: Coles County RSVP, 217-639-5165; Telecare, 217-639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center, 217-639-5168; TRIP, 217-639-5167; and Dial-A-Ride, 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505.
Lunch at LifeSpan
Lunches are $3 per person. All ages are welcome. Reservations are required.
Monday — roasted chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, lima beans, rosy applesauce.
Tuesday — baked pork chop, au gratin potatoes, spinach, frosted brownie.
Wednesday — potato soup w/crackers, deli sandwich, garden pea salad, fruit cocktail.
Thursday — teriyaki chicken, white rice, fall medley vegetables, peaches.
Friday — Dine with a Doc, 11 a.m., complimentary meal served, reservations required.
Calendar of events
Sunday — 12-7 p.m., private rental.
Monday — 7:30-9 a.m., EIU Young Entrepreneurial class; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., SHIP meetings, by appointment only, call to register; 11-11:45 a.m., Zumba Gold, $5 per class.
Tuesday — 7:30-9 a.m., EIU Young Entrepreneurial class; 9-10 a.m., men’s coffee, discussion, and donuts; 9-10 a.m., Arthritis Foundation exercise class, $1 per class; 9-10 a.m., Retired Teacher’s board meeting; 10:45 a.m., bingo; 11-11:45 a.m., chair yoga, $5 per class; 1 p.m., movie, “Jingle All the Way” (comedy, PG); 2-3 p.m., Tai Chi, $3 per class; 6:30-8:30 p.m., Compassionate Friends support group.
Wednesday — 10 a.m., blood pressure checks; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., ladies game of pool, for all ages; 11 a.m., bingo; 11-11:45 a.m., Zumba gold, $5 per class; 1 p.m., movie, “Elf,” (comedy, PG); 1 p.m., card games, refreshments provided.
Thursday — 9-10 a.m., Arthritis Foundation Exercise, $1 per class; 10 a.m-4 p.m business rental; 10:30-11:45 a.m., Seeing Our Way low vision support group; 10:45 a.m., bingo; 11-11:45 a.m., chair yoga, $5 per class; 1 p.m., movie, “Scrooged” (comedy, PG-13); 2-3 p.m., Tai Chi class.
Friday — 11-11:45 a.m., Zumba Gold, $5 per class; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dine with a Doc with Dr. Aldo Ruffolo, complimentary meal served, reservations required; 1 p.m., movie, “Santa Claus: The Movie” (Family, PG).
Dial-A-Ride services are available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 12 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays.
All locations in Coles County are available. Fares vary. Call 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505 for more information.