Crawfish boil Saturday to benefit Liberty-San Jacinto counties’ Meals on Wheels program

A crawfish boil and spring bazaar, organized by the Health Center of Southeast Texas, to benefit Meals on Wheels will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Senior Citizens Center, 220 Peach Ave.

Flats of crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage will be sold for $20 each starting at 11 a.m. and continue while supplies last. Each flat will contain two pounds of seasoned crawfish. Meals will include a drink and dessert. The first 200 or so customers will receive a serving of homemade bread pudding donated by Bluebonnet News’ Editor and Publisher Vanesa Brashier.

Booths offering a variety of baked goods, garage sale items and more will be set up inside and outside the center. The baked goods will include breads, cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Musical guest Seth Moore is volunteering his time for a free concert.

All proceeds will go toward the Meals on Wheels program. Kim Hughes, spokesperson for HCST, said recent funding cuts to the Meals on Wheels program have threatened the Center’s ability to continue serving meals to the 100 or so home-bound residents in the two neighboring counties.

“Meals on Wheels is important for these senior citizens because the interaction they have with the food delivery person might be the only contact they have with someone that day,” she said. “These seniors were once the face of our community and helped shape it. We don’t need to forget about them when they need us.”

The expense for Meals on Wheels is not from food alone but transportation, wages, electricity, permits and insurance, Hughes said.

“We are trying to keep this program up and running. Mrs. Maxine Morris (who manages the senior center in Cleveland) has been running the program since 1988 and she needs our help,” Hughes said. “This is a time that we as a community come together to assist those in need.”

Tickets will not be sold in advance. To purchase a crawfish meal, just show up on Saturday and place your order.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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