What Young at Heart can do for you

Gardnerville resident Ann Smutnak made it her goal last year to help recruit 300 members for the Young at Heart senior citizens club. She and other Young at Heart volunteers surpassed that number.

Smutnak was at the Douglas County Senior Center's ninth annual health fair and convinced 35-40 more people that the $3 yearly membership fee will be money well spent.

"The money is raised for senior programs," she said. "You get satisfaction to know that you're helping seniors. We do things like throw dances once a month. Even if you don't dance, the music from our era is really great."

Young at Heart dues pay for lunch for seniors 90 years and older at the monthly birthday lunches. YAH helps fund the senior Christmas dinner and gift bags for homebound, provides flowers and gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day and replaces worn equipment and appliances at the Douglas County Senior Center.

The club helps support the health fair, Big Mama's Car Show and the Meals on Wheels program.

"For $3, how can you go wrong?" Smutnak said. "I'm dedicated to it and it's a good thing for seniors."

For information on how to become a Young at Heart member, call Young at Heart President Paul Lockwood at 782-6583.


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