Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, please!

Left to right are (back row) Billy Stewart, Janice Bean, Alton Simpson, Carol Hollander and Jerry Goldin; (front row) Pam Rodgers and Louise Carr. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – No matter your age, ice cream for breakfast is always a fun start to the day. Toppings like Oreos and chocolate syrup were piled high atop mounds of ice cream as seniors gathered for sundaes, bingo and fellowship Wednesday, May 24, at the Holly Pond Senior Center.

Senior Center Manager Cecily “Cece” Cannon shared that the secret sauce to a successful senior center is a diverse selection of activities and community involvement; the seniors in her center really thrive with these out-of-the-ordinary events, which keep them coming back.

“We do lunch, activities, Bible studies. We have business sponsors come out, too!” she smiled.

Cannon noted that the local sponsors, including local churches and community groups, come out weekly to love on and support the seniors, from sharing helpful programs for the elderly or donating cakes for birthday parties. Celebrations and bingo prizes certainly wouldn’t be the same without these connections.

“The Holly Pond community has really stepped up and helped a lot with our Holly Pond Senior Center!” she said.

Cannon mentioned that as she is coming up on her one-year anniversary with the Cullman County Commission on Aging, her priority is to keep growing the impact that the center has on the golden population in the Holly Pond community.

“Me being new here, I’m just trying to keep building up the center and creating those relationships,” she said.

The Holly Pond Senior Center operates as a full-time center; hours are Monday through Friday, 8

a.m.-1 p.m. Participants must be 60 years old or older.

For more information, call Cecily Cannon at 256-796-2131.

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