Victoria Elderly Cope With Being Alone This Holiday Season

A winter chill is in the air, and for those senior citizens with family this holiday season, things are really sweet.

“We try to have a lot of happy days and little gifts and fun things for them to do,” says Senior Citizens Center Director Yvonne Smith.

But for others, spending Christmas alone feels much colder than the weather.

“I lost my wife about three years ago, and I come down here for companionship,” says Bill Mladenka.

“I think most people have heat at there homes, some don’t. But its not really being cold, it’s being lonely,” says senior citizen Harold Bellanger.

The Victoria County Senior Citizens Center provides a variety of services to the elderly year-round, but the holidays are the busiest time of the year.

“Many people like to stay busy, volunteer, and be helpful to others. This is a great place that you can do that.”

Many senior citizens who usually come to the center for regular bingo nights, came today to enjoy a warm meal.
For many seniors, the best part of coming to the center during the holidays is simply the opportunity to be with others.

“I have a warm home I don’t need to come down here to keep warm now. I come down here to socialize,” says Bellanger.

Volunteers at the center hope that with help from the community, the holidays will be a little happier for Victoria’s elderly.

“Its too many people out there that are home by themselves. And to have a place like this to come is God send,” he says.