Good turnout at first day for new Bokchito Community Center

Bokchito Senior Citizen Center, reopened as the Bokchito Community Center. Staff photo.

By Joey McWilliams

BOKCHITO – About 50 people showed up for lunch at the reorganized Bokchito Community Center on Monday.

It was the first day for meals to be served for not just seniors, but for all who come out.

Ross Phillips, owner of Phillips Auto Salvage and Bokchito Wrecker Service, said it was a really good day.

“We served beef tips and rice and had vegetables and a dessert,” Phillips said. “We had a good turnout and people seemed to be really pleased.”

The turnout was more than 40 on Tuesday, as meals will be served there five days a week from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“We’d just like to welcome everybody to come anytime,” Phillips said. “It’s $5 and all ages can eat. It’s not just for senior citizens. Any age can eat.”

The community had a fundraiser on Oct. 20 to help get things going and raised $4,000 for the center.

“We appreciate all the support we gotten in the community with different ones helping out and with the fundraisers we’ve had,” Phillips said. “Especially the Masons here in Bokchito. They helped us out with $3,000 and a lot of other stuff.”

Phillips also said the center would probably have a fundraiser about every three months. He also encouraged people to come and enjoy the meals and said the center would need to have an average attendance of about 30 people to keep things going.

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