Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Ashley Corn
Members of the Belton Senior Center cleaned out their garages and set up tables for the center's annual fund-raising Garage Sale on Saturday. "The draw in is the air conditioning," said Patsy Cofer, Activities Director of The Belton Senior Center. "It's so hot outside and when people come here, they can look around for as long as they want without sweating and feeling uncomfortable."
The Belton Senior Activity Center is a non-profit organization that offers a fun and safe place for senior citizens to gather with friends and socialize, play games, enjoy freshly cooked meals, receive education on illnesses, family dances, and so much more for the senior citizens. They hold a few fundraisers every year such as the garage sale, a silent auction, and an arts & crafts show in the Fall. All of the proceeds go toward the center.
Gift baskets filled with household goods such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, various cleaners, etc., are given by very supportive anonymous donators to the center. They then are given to members who can't particularly afford to buy those things.
One particular loyal member, Charles Melvin Stolp, a World War II Veteran, is up bright and early every day to have coffee ready for everyone by 5 a.m.
"We could not do this without him, he keeps this place anchored," said Keith Barnes a volunteer and member of the center. "There's not many people like him who have that level of dedication."
With plenty of interesting items, baked goods, jewelry, art, books, friendly people, and so much more, the garage sale was a success.
"We pride ourselves on giving so much to the community," Cofer said.
If you would like more information on upcoming events or wish to donate, contact the Belton Senior Center at (254) 939- 1170.