Salem Firefighters Serve Lunch to over 300 Salem Seniors

December 19, 2014

by Doug Robinson

It’s a tradition that goes back for 28 years.  The Salem Firefighters Relief Association not only purchases and provides the food, they also serve the luncheon to seniors at the Salem Senior Center.

Patti Drelick, director of Senior Services, “remembers the days when the luncheon was served to only a handful of seniors at the Masonic Center (in) downtown Salem.  This event has grown so much over the years that we now have to provide two sittings to accommodate all the seniors.  This year we have over 300 seniors who will be served a meal.”

Organizing Firefighter Shane Murphy stated, “This event is possible because of the funds raised with the Firefighters Relief Association.”  The Relief Association holds several fundraising events throughout the year to raise monies for the events that the association sponsors.

In addition to providing the Senior Luncheon, the Salem Firefighters Relief Association has provided food for the local food bank as well as provided a $5,000 grant to the Captain Stephen J. McKenna Children’s Trust Fund.

Salem senior Mona Holforty commented that she just “loves the Senior Center.  I come here a couple times a week and play bridge.  This is a wonderful lunch and I am happy to be here.”