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Claudette Kelly, daughter Meatra Gilmore and Pastor John Adolph

It was Nov. 27, 2016, and Meatra Gilmore needed gas. She stopped at a local station to fuel up and walked inside to go the restroom. After asking the attendant where the customer bathroom was located, she suddenly collapsed. Gilmore had experienced a heart attack. By the time the paramedics arrived, she wasn’t breathing.


The Foundation for the Betterment of Seniors is partnering with Meals on Wheels providers, local retailers and other agencies to make this Christmas special for 3,000 local seniors through the 2016 “Be a Santa to a Senior” Campaign.

Home Instead Senior Care kicked off the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program in 2003. Since then, with the help of 60,000 volunteers, more than 1.2 million gifts have been distributed through the program to 700,000 seniors across the United States.

Southern Pacific Train Depot

Friends of the Orange Depot (FOOD) have been working diligently for years to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Southern Pacific Train Depot in Orange and could soon see their efforts come to fruition as planners project an open house likely in the first quarter of 2017.

During this year’s fundraising gala, Denim and Diamonds, FOOD is raising funds for exhibits to display in the new museum at the depot.

KCS Holiday Express train

Kansas City Southern’s 15th annual Holiday Express train will stop in 20 communities in seven states on 24 dates, including at the KCS Yard at 4095 S. Martin Luther King Parkway in Beaumont on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Delta Sigma Theta logo

The holiday season is almost upon us, and in anticipation of calendars filling quickly with feasts and fiestas surrounding the upcoming festivities, the Beaumont Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has announced plans for the sorority’s Holiday Gala 2015 fundraiser.