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Volunteers make sure home-bound seniors get their holiday dinner

Posted: November 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center home delivery volunteers Cory Conner, left, and Herb Fulmer check their delivery list against the meals in their van as they prepare to leave the Senior Center in Newhall to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to home-bound seniors on Thursday. Photo by Dan Watson/The Signal.

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More than 100 home-bound seniors gave second helpings of “thank you” to the men and women who brought them not just one Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, but a second turkey dinner for the next day as well — plus dessert.

“It was awesome,” said volunteer Tara Khosrowabadi, as she stepped from her Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center delivery van. “People were really appreciative. Most of them said ‘We didn’t expect you to come today.’ That was the most (heard) response.”

What was also a surprise for home-bound seniors, she said, was finding out they got two dinners.

“As soon as I told them they got one for today and another for tomorrow they would just smile like crazy,” she said.

So, while more than 200 diners inside the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Market Street were enjoying their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner of turkey and mashed potatoes, the same meals were being loaded into delivery vans at the back of the center, destined for 100 home-bound seniors.

Drivers like Neil Walker delivered meals to some very grateful seniors.

“Everybody was just so thrilled,” he said, returning from his delivery route. “It’s so great to have a hot meal on Thanksgiving.

“A lot of these people, they don’t cook, they can’t go shopping, they’re housebound,” he said, after delivering 22 meals Thursday. “It was wonderful to see everybody.”

Every Thanksgiving for the past 36 years the Castaic Lions Clubs puts on a Thanksgiving celebration at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. As in previous years, they teamed up with volunteers including students from the William S. Hart Union School District.

Terry Wibbels was one of those volunteers, helping 25 Saugus High School students — including her own daughter, Caitlyn — meet and help seniors.

“They’re here to pay tribute to the seniors,” she said. “They were a little nervous at first but then they just sat down at a table and started talking.

“You can’t teach them this in school,” she said.
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