Gulf County senior citizens gather for Thanksgiving feast

The Gulf County Senior Citizens Association had to set out extra chairs and tables to accommodate the Thanksgiving dinner crowd at the Port St. Joe Senior Center on Tuesday, November 15.

It was one of the largest turnouts they had seen for an event in many years, said GCSCA officials. And, in the spirit of the holiday, they expressed their gratitude towards those who helped make it a possibility.

“We’re so glad to have you all come join us,” said GCSCA Director Eddie Fields, addressing those gathered. “This is a time to be grateful, and I am so grateful that so many of you are able to come to the center, socialize and enjoy yourselves.

The GCSCA operates both senior centers in Gulf County — the one in Port St. Joe and the one in Wewahitchka.

Over the past year, their staff has worked to increase awareness of the services they provide within the community, which includes providing hot meals to local seniors and assisting with the day-to-day needs of home-bound seniors.

Fields said these efforts were evidenced in the event’s large turnout.

“These things just keep getting bigger and bigger,” he said.

Food for the Thanksgiving dinner was donated by Duren’s Piggly Wiggly, and volunteers from around the community gathered to help distribute food.

For more information about the GCSCA and their services, please call (850) 229-8466 for Port St. Joe or 850-639-9910 for Wewahitchka or stop by either location.


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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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