Smart 55: Seniors Christmas dinner coming up Dec. 8

The months of November and December must be the two busiest months in the calendar year.

Pat Cassidy

Smart 55

The months of November and December must be the two busiest months in the calendar year.

Every organization has their bazaar, raffle sales and craft sales.

You would think they would spread it out over the years. It would surely be easier on our pocket books.

Now my mailbox is never empty as I get requests for money and I must admit that each cause is a worthy one.

Coming from the third world, we have to look after our old and young.

There is no government assistance like child support, welfare, medical care, etc.

So I am so amazed to hear in the news that Williams Lake has the highest number of child poverty.

Why so?

Is it because the parents are inept? Or drunks? Or druggies? If that is the case then the government raising child support will not help the hungry children.

They are better off having a free meal program at the schools for those in need.

if you are one of those who have planned well for retirement and is now comfortably off, just remember that the hungry ones will always be around, not only at Christmas.

The Salvation Army is doing a wonderful job with the food hampers and Christmas dinner but, no matter how much money they collect, there is never enough.

The Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) has elected a new slate of officers.

Cecilia Newman is president for the second term, Tina Derksen is the first vice, Marlee Davis is the second vice.

Floris Martineau is the treasurer, Joanne Cropely is the secretary.

Directors include Elis Shrun, Tillie Knowles, Esther Innes and Pat Cassidy.

There is no meeting in the month of December. Instead, we have the Christmas dinner on Dec. 8.

The next monthly meeting will be on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The old year is coming to a close and I am looking forward to a new year.

If you drink, don’t drive. Get a taxi or use the Operation Red Nose service.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to one and all.