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Businesses bring holiday cheer to Jackson Co seniors


Dozens of Jackson County businesses want to make sure senior citizens in the community are not forgotten this holiday season. On Thursday, they hosted an old-fashioned Christmas party for people ages 60 and over. It was a festive celebration.

They decked the halls of the Jackson County Civic Center. Even Old St. Nick and his elves dropped by to rock at the Christmas party hop. More than 40 vendors and sponsors across Jackson County created the Christmas wonderland just for senior citizens.

"We've had a great turnout. We're very pleased. The vendors are very happy. You can't help but smile when you see all of these beautiful colors," said the event's chairperson Vivian Champaigne.

Jackson County Senior Awareness Day is an annual health and resource fair and Christmas celebration all rolled into one. About 500 seniors turned out to learn about all the services available for seniors like home health care, insurance, and investments.

"It's great and it's so good for the senior citizens of Jackson County to do something for them, because really they are the people that get left behind sometimes," said Gaye Boyd of Pascagoula.

"Oh, I think it's wonderful! They're thinking about the senior citizens," said Mary Carson of Moss Point.

The seniors also enjoyed free entertainment, a hot meal, even pictures with Santa.

"I make a picture with him every year and I send it to them (my grandchildren) and say, 'Look, even grandma can sit on Santa's lap,'" said Boyd.

When asked if she's been good, Boyd replied, "Oh, I have. I have."

We asked what Mary Carson wanted for Christmas. She smiled and answered, "Oh, I can't tell you that. I want a husband for Christmas."

Oh, what fun it is to rediscover the joys of this holiday season. The event was the second time that Senior Awareness Day was held with a Christmas theme.

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