Thanksgiving at the Red Door was delicious, colorful, and full of happy faces. Volunteers from Senior Junior Forum, New Birth Baptist Church, Jacksboro National Bank, MSU Tennis Team, THE Kitchen Board Members John Gillespie and Debra Suggs, KFDX Darrell Franklin and Melanie Townsend, and KAUZ CHris Horgen and Danielle Malagarie served the Thanksgiving Meals and accommodated the seniors during the holiday feast. The Kitchen Staff would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.
Jackie Hamm, CEO for THE Kitchen, continues to make a difference in the State of Texas, not just in her own back yard. As the Board Chair of Meals on Wheels Association of Texas, she is an advocate throughout the STate of Texas, to protect and provide meals to those in need. Thursday, November 9th, she was a guest speaker for the Texas Hunger Initiative State Summit at Baylor University. The panel discussion was on the topic Stopping Hunger in the Growing Senior Population. Pictured: Front - Laura Ziemer of Meals on Wheels Waco, Rebecca Padillo of Meals on Wheels San Angelo. Back - Jackie Hamm of THE Kitchen - Meals on Wheels of Wichita Falls, Debbie King of Meals on Wheels Waco.
Fall Festival 2018 at the Red Door was a haunting success! Celebrity judges Mayor Stephen Santellana, KAUZ's Chris Horgen, KFDX's Darrell Franklin, and Senior Junior Forum President Debbie Berend chose Best Costume this year. The winners were: 2nd place Becky Skacilas dressed as a Mummy with her child, and 1st place was Kay Green as Naughty DOrothy with Toto her dog. The day also consist of a cake walk, plinko, duck game, and a dice game. The staff handed out candy down their decorated hallway.
The 8th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament took place Friday, October 26th at Champions Course at Weeks Park. Each year, Rick Camp organizes this tournament to help THE Kitchen's Meals on Wheels Program. Despite a rain delay of one week, 96 golfers participated in the 4-Man Golf Scramble. The winners of the event were Sam Steen, David Reed, Jason Cook, and Brian Camp.
Warren and Pam Ayres graciously set a matching grant of $2,500 for THE Kitchen through Texoam Gives. Every donation up to that amount will be doubled! Donations can be made from now until the end of September 13th. To donate, go to the link: https://www.texomagives.org/organizations/the-kitchen-meals-on-wheels
The Wichita Falls City Council granted more than $55,000 to THE Kitchen's Meals on Wheels program, approving the funds during the August 7th City Council meeting. The Council was awarded honorary status in the Lunch Bunch Society. A certificate, thank you, and cookies from our kitchen were presented. Pictured are: City Councilors Mitesh Desai, DeAndra Chenault, Jesse Brown, Mayor Stephen Santellana, Director at THE Kitchen Pam Hughes, and City Councilor Jeff Browning.
The 2nd Annual Senior Night Out was held on Friday, July 20th at the Green Door Senior Center. A delicious dinner was made to celebrate our Green Door Family. Drawings took place for gift baskets donated by three home health agencies in our community. A DJ livened up the event and seniors enjoyed their special night.
The Red Door Senior Center’s 8th Annual Senior Idol was held Friday, July 13th. Fourteen seniors competed for bragging rights as best singer. Ron Kingcade, who sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love with You,” won the first place trophy and a gift basket from Kindred Hospice. Johnny Blackwell, who sang “The Keeper of the Stars,” won second place and a gift basket from Hospice Plus. Special thanks to our Senior Idol judges: Gwyn Bevel of KFDX, Brian Shrull of KAUZ, and City Councilor Mitesh Desai as well as emcee Joe Martin. Ladies of Senior/Junior Forum helped serve drinks, carry trays, and participated as backup dancers in the finale performance of “Love Shack” sung by Kitchen Staff member Torry Anderson.
Please take a look at our Texoma Gives page by clicking the TG Heart at the top of our page. THE Kitchen's big event for THE DAY OF TEXOMA GIVES, Thursday September 13th, is A HEART FULL OF CHANGE. From 7am - 7pm, the parking lot of 1000 Burnett will have a chalk drawn Texoma Gives Heart ready to collect any spare change you would like to give for the Meals on Wheels weekend meals program. (We will also take the kind of change that folds.) Our hope is to fill the heart completely with change and make a CHANGE in our community. Help us feed the hungry by remembering us on that day with a credit card, cash, or check. Until TEXOMA GIVES, you can also donate change at these locations: Blaine Purcell MD's office, Brian's Plumbing, Cavendar's, Danny Foix Exxon, 8th Street Coffee House, Fill n Chills, Kell Optical, Natural Grocers, Sewell Toyota, Star Brite Cleaners, Stone Oven Pizza, and The Shoe Closet. Every penny counts! Make sure to thank these business for helping us.
The Ladies of Omicron Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha generously donated $240 to the Meals on Wheels Weekend Meal Program and joined our Lunch Bunch Society. Thank you, ladies for your dedication to the community and for helping to feed the hungry in Wichita Falls.