The Abaco Urban Renewal 2.0 branch held a Thanksgiving Luncheon for the elderly on November 22 at the old National Insurance Building in Dundas Town. According to Woman Reserve Officer Janice Jones, moderator, it was the first activity organized by Urban Renewal since being established on the island.
Senior citizens from various communities on Abaco were well represented.
Jones introduced herself and the Urban Renewal team that includes W/Sgt. 2483 Jocelyn Smith, coordinator, and Inspector Mario Murphy of the Road Traffic Division before giving a brief history of Urban Renewal 2.0.
She explained that the program is a comprehensive approach to crime, antisocial behavior and community safety and emphasizes innovation and integration of efforts and resources by agencies and the community at large.
Pastor Earlyn Baillou was invited to give an opening prayer before Constable 3051 Valentino Oliver led in the singing of the national anthem.
Supt. Noel Curry, officer in charge of Abaco and Bimini districts, said that as he looked around on that day, there was so much to be thankful for.
“Our friends here have contributed so much to our society in such a way that we can be here today to celebrate this Thanksgiving,” Supt. Curry observed. “So I think all of us should put our hands together for our senior friends who are here today.”
Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham emphasized God’s goodness and blessings to us. He said that this time of the year is a time when we pause to give thanks.
“God has blessed us [especially] the younger ones with older ones who really have paved the way for us all,” Cunningham reflected. “Because of what you have done over the years, Cunningham is able to come to Abaco at this time and enjoy a better life.”
While being entertained, the elderly were served drinks and lunches by the officers on hand. Meanwhile, Little Darlings Academy pre-school students gave a brief yet memorable performance to the enjoyment of their guests.