Meals are provided from the Houston Senior Center and also delivered. 

The Houston Senior Center is preparing for its annual walk-a-thon, which is set for Friday.

During the center’s yearly main event, senior citizens will collect pledges and then walk in the event. This year’s goal has been set at $5,000 to help fund the center’s congregate and homebound delivered meals programs and services.

One-mile and three-mile routes have been mapped out, starting and finishing at the Houston Senior Center on Grand Avenue in downtown Houston. Cash prizes and awards will be presented.

The Houston Senior Center served 40,524 home bound and congregate meals in 2012. Since July 2005, the facility has also provided all meals needed at the Licking Senior Center. That has increased the total number of meals and man-hours necessary to provide them to seniors in both communities. The meals not only provide nutrition, but are also a way of helping individuals remain in their own homes despite aging, disability or illness.

Houston Senior Center administrator Bernadine Hohlt said recipients of homebound meals and services are part of a rapidly growing age group. 

“It should be recognized that increased human and financial resources are required to meet the need for homebound meals and services for seniors,” Hohlt said. “We are asking for your help in this annual event. Even if you just give a little, it all adds up to help make services for seniors in our community available.”

For more information, or to obtain a pledge form, make a donation or volunteer to work, call Hohlt at 417-967-4119.

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