Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosts day camp for senior citizens

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Senior citizens in Alexandria are used to seeing their grandchildren go off to summer camp, but it isn’t as common for the seniors themselves to get to go to camp.

"I didn't know this was going to be here today," said Carol Sherrill, member of the MLK Senior Center program.

Carol Sherrill was in for a treat when she walked into the Martin Luther King Community Center to a Senior Citizens Day Camp hosted by the Zeta Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

"This event is designed to provide a workshop to the seniors to provide them with some informative information about what's going on in the community and give them some entertainment," said Patricia Deal, President of the Zeta Lambda Omega chapter.

More than 30 seniors gathered to learn about early voting opportunities, games, and an inspirational message.

"It was all about love," said Amy Chaney, member of the MLK Senior Center program. "We all know what that's what the world needs today, more love."

The women of AKA have been working with the Martin Luther King Senior Center for more than 30 years.

"We're supposed to give back to our community," Deal said. "The seniors enjoy it and expect us to come back year after year and we love coming back and giving back."

The day provided seniors with an opportunity to fellowship and a special gift.

"It gives us in the neighborhood some place to go and (lets us) know we're needed and to participate in such great programs when we can, Chaney said. "It keeps us motivated and active."

"Usually in the winter time, we do coats, hats, and scarves, so we decided for the summer to give out fans," said Deal.

"For most of the older people, it does save on their utilities," said Sherrill. "If you don't have air conditioning at all it can save to too because it's hot here."

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