Shari Samson Cherrie George, director of Mineral County Senior Services, is shown with the Niedzwiecki’s, who donated the fixings for complete turkey dinners.

Shari Samson
Cherrie George, director of Mineral County Senior Services, is shown with the Niedzwiecki’s, who donated the fixings for complete turkey dinners.

With Thanksgiving just a week away, local business owners, Rick and Tina Niedzwiecki from the Hawthorne Suites and Rock by the River Laundromat were happy to deliver 10 full turkey dinners to the Care and Share Director, Cherrie George.

George explained her appreciation stating that many seniors in town are living below the poverty level. The turkey, dressing, potatoes, green beans and dinner items will be given by a drawing at the Care and Share center next Monday or Tuesday.

“The only fair way we can decide who gets these dinners will be to place our resident’s names that are eligible (and have the means to actually cook the dinner) into a hat and draw out ten names.

“It’s sad to realize that although 60 percent of our population falls within the senior age groups, they are the group most overlooked – especially during the holidays.”

The Niedzwiecki’s also supplied CAHS with ten meals, hoping that a few families can benefit from this outreach. “Every year we like to help out, because volunteerism needs to happen. If you are able to give, that’s what we should all be doing. The needs in a community have no age standard and so much can be accomplished if everyone does something. You can’t outgrow giving.”

As this couple moved from Northern California to Hawthorne a year ago, their intentions were to nestle into semi-retirement, while continuing on their own mission statement to “give to the community.”

They are hoping to encourage others to give and examine what their own opportunities may be. Both of the Niedzwiecki’s shared that the effort of giving is a rewarding result, which brings joy in ways you can never realize until you try it.