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St. John seniors welcome at Tuesday’s Thanksgiving Luncheon

RESERVE — Senior citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish will be treated to a festive Thanksgiving luncheon, a friendly game of bingo and a chance to win door prizes beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Regala Gym in Reserve.

The Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon, coordinated by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, is free and open to the public and typically attracts up to 400 people. No RSVP is required.

Bingo will commence at 10 a.m., giving seniors a chance to win door prizes including gift cards, a lunch with Sheriff Mike Tregre, a flat screen TV and other items donated by local businesses, according to Lt. Denise Bertrand, one of the coordinators of the event.

At 11 a.m., representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will serve a Thanksgiving meal complete with baked chicken, dirty rice, green beans, dinner rolls and bread pudding.

Bertrand said the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon has been an annual event since 1985 and signifies a dedication to St. John residents.

“I think it’s a good thing to help unite the community and show we’re giving back to the citizens of the parish and that we care about them,” Bertrand said. “We encourage all seniors who wish to attend to come out on Tuesday.”

For many years, the luncheon was held in the East St. John Elementary School cafeteria but has since moved to Regala Gym, located at 194 Regala Park Road in Reserve.

For more information, call Bertrand at 985-359-8753.