Recreation & Parks to host 'Christmas with Grandpareents'

ALBANY -- City officials are in the process of planning a holiday event set aside for a segment of the population that is often overlooked at this time of year.

The Albany Recreation and Parks Department, along with the Albany Police Department Gang Task Unit, is inviting anyone in the community aged 50 or older to the annual "Christmas with Grandparents Day."

The program will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Lockett Station Community Center. It is expected to include food, singing, a gift-giving drawing and some guest speakers.

"There are some (senior citizens) that do not have family in Albany, and for others, the gift we give them at the event is the only gift they get," said Lockett Station Recreation Supervisor Tee Taylor when explaining why the event is held. "It's just a day of fun, and (attendees) also get to meet new people.

"(Senior citizens) paved the way for us. We want to show them we appreciate what they have done."

One of the guest speakers will be a representative of the Gang Task Unit to educate those present on area gang activity. There is another guest speaker planned who had not been confirmed as of Friday afternoon, Taylor said.

This is the sixth year the program has been held. Based on previous years, the turnout on Dec. 20 is expected to be good.

"We have gotten a good response as far as attendance and (the attendees) enjoying it," Taylor said. "Each year, the response and how people enjoy the program goes to a higher level."

The center is connected to Robert Cross Middle School, which is located at 324 Lockett Station Road. There is no admission for the event.

For more information or to register in advance, call (229) 430-5219.