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FiftyForward Martin Center hosts Beep and Greet for seniors

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Members of FiftyForward Martin Center in Brentwood were treated to some Thanksgiving cheer Thursday. 

Beep and Greet was held to keep the senior citizens safe and still celebrate the season of giving. Organizers wore festive hats and played disco music for the cars passing by. 

Barbara Hunt, executive director of the Martin Center, was thrilled with everyone who donated to make the event possible. 

“Each year, Oak Hill School gives us bags to give to the members,” she said. “This year, they did even more.” 

Attendees also were given a bag donated by the Tennessee Veterans Home to help recognize veterans during the month of November. The Oak Hill School at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road also prepared Thanksgiving gift baskets, an annual tradition that began 30 years ago that services approximately 500 seniors each year. The gifts contained fall-themed snacks and, most importantly, a handmade Thanksgiving greeting card. 

Food was donated by World Central Kitchen and prepared by Henley, a restaurant in Nashville.

“The meals at today’s Beep and Greet were provided through World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies during times of crisis and beyond and were prepared by local restaurant Henley,” Hunt said. “We are so grateful for our partnership with World Central Kitchen which assists us in furthering our mission and helps us bring joy and essential services to older adults in Middle Tennessee.”

Sponsors of the event included Casie Adams at Always Best Care Senior Services and Adam Smith at Edward Jones. Each handed out goodies from their companies. 

“I just love to attend the beep and greet,”  Sallie Hussey, CFO of FiftyForward said. “It feels great to get out of my office and interact with our members.”

Due to COVID-19, all FiftyForward centers are closed to the public. Sadly, this has left many seniors in the community without a place to socialize, exercise and participate in activities. The beep and greets are a way FiftyForward helps their members in one small way.

Smiles were in abundance as cars began lining up long before the event was to start. The chance to have a conversation face to face was something anticipated and appreciated. 

To learn more about FiftyForward or the Martin Center, visit www.FiftyForward.org.

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