The smiles in various pictures displayed at Senior Citizens, Incorporated reflect memories that will never be forgotten by the teenagers in the pictures or the adults.
And that's why the teenagers are being honored for bringing the smiles to a number of faces this summer as part of the Summer Angels program sponsored by Senior Citizens, Incorporated.
"This summer we've been helping out seniors by doing different things for them and going into nursing homes," said Cori Wixon. "But mostly we just do whatever the community needs, like we mow lawns and we deliver the meals on wheels and stuff like that."
Eight students from Blessed Sacrament School have volunteered for five hours, three days a week since the beginning of June, doing whatever the seniors needed or wanted, from sprucing up a yard to playing poker. "The most fun part is just learning about the seniors and learning what they've done with their lives and just having fun with them," said Wixon.
"Kids don't really have the opportunity to interact with people who are in their 70s and 80s and so we started up this program to actually help kids learn what it is like to get older and to have them share their enthusiasm and their energy has just been incredible," said Senior Citizens, Incorporated executive director Patricia Lyons.
So for their commitment to being an angel in someone's life, the Summer Angels of Senior Citizens, Incorporated are this week's WTOC Top Teens.