Seniors treated to music, sweets, free lunch
Girl Scouts ages 6 to 13 years old sang Christmas carols to a roomful of seniors at the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center last Friday morning.
From new troops of Daisies to seasoned seventh-grade Cadets, “It’s been a decade-long tradition,” said Troop Leader Angela Nicholson. Her one troop started singing carols to seniors when her daughter, now a high school sophomore, was in kindergarten. This year 23 girls from five troops —919, 2320, 10, 2633 and 2160 — attended the annual El Dorado Hills event.
Clad in Santa hats the girls sang favorite holiday tunes and then passed out candy canes, homemade cards and decorations to the 65 seniors in attendance.
The seniors continued to celebrate at their holiday luncheon, donated in its entirety by private citizens, Viji and Ramesh Vasu, on Ramesh’s own birthday. “Instead of his own party, Ramesh wanted to donate $500 to the senior center for a Christmas party,” said Activities Director Janet Kenneweg. “One woman actually cried when we told her she didn’t have to pay for her lunch.”
The carolers and seniors concluded the singing portion with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the special benefactor.