For the second year in a row, single elderly people were invited to Christmas lunch. This was held in the Boemerang community centre in the Eindhoven district of Eckart, on Tuesday. More than 40 single seniors were treated to live music, sandwiches and soup.
“It is nice to pamper the elderly”, Joke Verkooijen, one of the organisers of the lunch, says. “It is nice to see everyone enjoying themselves so much. It makes me feel good.”
Many senior citizens experience loneliness during the holidays. “Our children celebrate Christmas Eve with friends or with our grandchildren”, one of the visitors said. “They usually come for a visit on Boxing Day”. Another guest added, “Being alone during the holidays is boring. For us, this is a pleasant afternoon and a real Christmas lunch”.
Editor: Melinda Walraven