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      Little Brothers preps Easter dinner for seniors

      Cathy Aten, executive director at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Hancock, is organizing a feast for over 1,100 people in the Copper Country and Marquette communities.

      She and an army of volunteers are prepping a dinner of ham, potatoes, veggies, rolls, and special desserts for area seniors to enjoy this Sunday for Easter.

      "We take a lot of pride in what we do, in the quality of the food we serve, in the hospitality and the friendship," said Aten. "Weâ??re all about being together, being a family."

      The dinner will be served at nine locations on Sunday, and two sites will deliver meals to seniors in their homes, all with the help of nearly 400 volunteers.

      Aten said the volunteers do anything from driving to and from dinner sites, serving meals, setting up tables, and everything in between.

      â??We have volunteers who are excellent cooks,â?? said Aten. â??We have volunteers who love to just socialize and welcome people and be companions.â??

      Houghton resident, Cindy Martineau, recently began volunteering with Little Brothers. She said she wanted to help with the Easter dinner because sheâ??s especially close with her own grandparents.

      â??It can be depressing if you donâ??t have somebody to come and visit,â?? she said. â??So, I think thatâ??s really good for everybodyâ??s mental health, and itâ??s good to make friendships that way.â??

      Martineau even brought her young daughter, Lily, along to help make flower arrangements for the tables.

      â??What it means to be a part of the community and volunteer your time, and I think starting young, itâ??s a good trait for her to be exposed to,â?? she said.

      Aten said itâ??s all about making sure our elderly friends in the community have an enjoyable holiday and someone to share it with.

      â??Itâ??s the best thing about Little Brothers, I think, is that we are a family, and we donâ??t anybody to be alone,â?? said Aten.

      For more information, contact Little Brothers at (906) 482-6944.

      Easter dinner sites and times:

      St. Anneâ??s Church in Baraga at 2 p.m.

      Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon at 2 p.m.

      Doelle Senior Center in Tapiola at 2 p.m.

      Grace Lutheran Church in South Range at 2 p.m.

      St. Ignatius Church in Houghton at 2 p.m.

      Sacred Heart Church in Calumet at 2 p.m.

      Copper City Community Building in Copper City at 2 p.m.

      Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette at 2 p.m.

      Houghton Medical Care Facility in Hancock at 11:30 a.m.

      Hot meal delivery sites and times:

      Houghton Elementary School in Houghton at 12 p.m.

      Apostolic Lutheran Church in Laurium at 12 p.m.