For many seniors citizens, retirement means a life and leisure. For those who are members of the Live Long And Like It Senior Citizens Club , it also means an enriched sense of life and service, including giving back to the less fortunate. Organized in 1970, the club has over 300 members over the age of 55 to those well into their 90s. The industrious group of seniors have spent the last 48 years enjoying traveling and camaraderie together. This year, they have expanded their scope to include philanthropy.
Their initiatives and goals have evolved over the years. Most recently, they entered into a partnership with Carter G. Woodson Elementary to assist students in need to provide a “positive impact.” The school is located in Zone 5 – an area statistically plagued by violence and blight. For their initial project, members were asked to provide new clothing and shoes for the children selected by the principal. The request was met with open arms as the industrious club members set out to shop resulting in the recent presentation to the principal
“We felt the need to reach out and provide new items for the schools clothing pantry and provide new items. As a committee and a club we are proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of the children we touch. We hope the children have a good year and we will return in the fall,” said Pittman. Shown at the school presenting the clothes to staff members: CGW Team-Up Leader Sheila McNair, Club member Bettie Hudson, Club Chairperson Emily LeSane, CGW Counselor Jacqueline Haynes, Club President Bettye Pittman, Club members Gloria McClain and Marsher Boyd.