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WATCH: Trimming Trees and Wrapping Smiles: A Tradition of Togetherness at Center in the Park

Bill Conallen

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) efforts to support holiday events at senior centers across the city was spotlighted on 6abc’s Art of Aging segment, a news series that connects adults with various resources throughout the region. Around 30 older adults gathered at Center in the Park for their annual tree trimming social, celebrating the center’s 55th anniversary.

Cleo L. Smalls, the Center Director, emphasized the tradition of coming together to make ornaments, decorate the tree, wrap presents, and enjoy cookies and eggnog. LaToya Gilmer, Program Manager for PCA, highlighted the importance of such events, providing a platform for older adults to socialize and display their talents, contributing to the overall mission of extending the lives of older adults and allowing them to stay connected with their community.

At the center, various creative stations were set up for older adults to craft ornaments and wrap gifts. Members like Carolyn Bryant and Gladys Ayers expressed the joy of being part of the Center, emphasizing the sense of community, complete with popcorn, music, and personalized snow globes, reinforcing the center’s role as a second home for older adults, fostering a supportive and vibrant environment for individuals over 55.

Watch the full segment below courtesy of 6abc:

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