Duncan Senior Citizen Center raising money for new van

Duncan Senior Citizen Center raising money for new van

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) -The Duncan Senior Citizen Center is continuing to provide for their seniors by raising money for a new van.

They are holding a fundraiser called Dancing Through the Decades in just a month so they can replace their current van they have had for around 20 years.

“I just love it here. I just cannot go a day without coming here. I just have to have something to do,” said Paula Maxell.

Paula Maxell uses the van everyday and says it's important to keep transportation for seniors.

“Yeah because that’s how I get here. I don’t have any other way to get here except for that van out there and Lorie the driver, Lorie, and I think that’s the best way to go," said Maxell.

Their current van is used everyday to take seniors to appointments, the grocery store, and to and from the senior center.

“A lot of these people don’t have another way to get to these places is it wasn’t for us and so it’s another way to get them out of the house and so we need to make sure we’re checking on our seniors. It’s a checks and balances, we check on them, if they don’t call us and irregular that’s a concern,” said Joannie Hackler.

Mynan Hutto said along with providing transportation, The Duncan Senior Citizen Center has grown since 1977 and now provides many other services thanks to funding from the United Way of Stephens County, a grant, and donations.

“The importance of having a senior center in any community is to keep seniors socially engaged. Our biggest thing is the entertainment that they have here. We have pool players we have ceramics, people who do crafts, we have people who are puzzlers, we have all kind of dance," said Hutto.

Hutto encourages everyone to come out to their event next month to help give back to these seniors.

“We would like for our community, the Lawton community, all of the surrounding communities to come and have a good time with us and we look forward to that night and think it will be a lot of fun," said Hutto.

Dancing Through the Decades will feature guest speaker and State Representative Marcus McEntire, dinner, and free dance lessons.

This is on December 14th at the First United Methodist Church Ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets can be bought, at the Duncan Senior Citizen Center by calling (580) 255-6902.

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