AARP Chapter 1449 Annual Christmas Party of COEA

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
ARP President Alford Mason and his wife Natalie Mason

Members of  AARP Chapter 1449 donned their red t-shirts on Friday, Dec. 4 and ventured out to serve as chaperones for COEA's clients with disabilities as they began to celebrate the holiday season with an annual Christmas dance. The theme was The Twelve Days of Christmas, and the KC Hall was decorated in colors of green, gold and red. The disc jockey, Wade Lambert, played a mixture of Christmas songs while squeezing in some old favorites as clients moved joyously to the beat. 

Santa Claus made his grand entrance wearing his traditional bright red suit adorned with a wide black belt and shiny black boots. He carried a green bag filled with gifts, slung across one shoulder as he chanted, “Ho Ho Ho!” COEA clients gathered around him and made requests. 

AARP donated a beautiful cake decorated as a wintery day with an aqua blue sky lavishing down with white snowflakes, as two snowmen stood on billows of snow covered ground, adorned with black top hats and corn cobb pipes, holding a banner that read “Merry Christmas.” AARP members served in several areas as greeters, recorders (recording the names of COEA clints and AARP members), dispersing Santa Caps to participants and quests as they arrived, distributed food and sliced/ served the cake, ushered assigned tables in an orderly procession to receive food and served in any other capacity to make the event a success. 

AARP Chapter 1449 is a service organization. Its motto is to serve, not to be served. It was a pleasure to serve such a disciplined, kind and patient group.