Senior Center recognizes patrons with ‘Friendship Tree’

By Everett Brazil, III

The Newkirk Herald Journal

NEWKIRK — The Newkirk Senior Citizens Center works hard to protect the health of their senior patrons, which includes takeout and delivery options during pandemics. When they return for regular activities, however, the seniors will be greeted by new artwork recognizing all their patrons, both past and present.

The “Friendship Tree” artwork, located next to the serving line, has been created to honor their patrons, with their photos attached to the branches. The goal is to honor all seniors on the wall to celebrate their lives.

The idea was the brainchild of Center Director Serena Welch, with the artwork created by assistant Ashley Longcrier.

“She has definitely brought the idea to life,” Welch said.

The idea was to honor their patrons who visit throughout the year. Longcrier began stenciling the image in September, and while the painting part has finished, the project is still a work in progress, as they are awaiting photos from their patrons, although some have already been donated.

“The seniors come in here, bringing in their photos, and we’re still taking photos,” Longcrier said. “We’re taking photos of our friends – it’s a remembrance.”

Center leaders look forward to when the facility can be reopened, and the project finished to honor their seniors.

“The building is the seniors’ building, and we want them to be at home, and see their friends,” Welch said.

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