‘How much of a blessing you are’

Cullman County seniors celebrate Christmas


CULLMAN, Ala. – Hundreds upon hundreds of elders from every nook and cranny of Cullman County enjoyed a Christmas luncheon together at Stone Bridge Farms on Friday, thanks to the combined efforts of the Cullman County Commission on Aging (COA) and its supporters. 

COA Director Stephanie Lawson greeted the crowd and expressed her warm gratitude for all of those who were key to the event and the participants. 

“I’m so happy to see you guys again this year at this beautiful event. We’re just so happy to see y’all,” she said. “I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to my Commission on Aging staff and the hard work that they do not just for this event, but every event this year, as well as every day they are out at the senior centers and serving. We can’t do this without them. I am so very honored to work with such a great group of men and women who serve you every day.” 

Many door prizes were given out, with the grand prize of $500 and two $250 prizes donated by Byars Wright Insurance Agency. Additional gifts were provided by various individuals and businesses from throughout the community. 

Cullman County Commissioners Kelly Duke, Kerry Watson, Corey Freeman and Garry Marchman and Chairman Jeff Clemmons served as elves helping deliver the door prize winnings. Cullman City Councilman Johnny Cook, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail, along with members of their staffs, assisted in weaving through the crowd to deliver the door prizes. Other festive city and county elected officials, including Cullman County Probate Judge Tammy Brown and Circuit Clerk Lisa McSwain, performed gift-giving duties as well. The West Point High School baseball team graciously worked as servers, diligently refilling drinks and catering to the needs of the guests. 

“I want you all to know, everybody in this room, how much of a blessing you are on myself and all of the law enforcement in Cullman County,” Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry shared before he led the prayer. “You don’t realize, when you’ve had a bad day and you walk into a room of people that show love to you, how much that means to you.” 

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