Float winner gives cash prize to senior centers

Published 5:00 pm Monday, December 8, 2008

After more than a week of hard work and trips to Wal-Mart, the group at SouthernCare was able to stand back and look at a completed Christmas float.

SouthernCare placed their Christmas float in the Clanton Christmas Parade and were excited when it won second place in the float contest. To share their excitement, the group decided to donate their $100 prize to the county’s senior citizen centers.

“We try to help all we can. We have done many food drives and made many donations, so this is just part of what we do,” SouthernCare employee Tina Perdue said.

After hearing that the centers were collecting supplies for a Christmas celebration with the seniors, SouthernCare employees decided that the donated money could help them make the holiday a little merrier.

“We wanted to help because they don’t have funding. If they wanted to have a Christmas party, they would have had to come up with the money themselves, and they just don’t have that kind of money,” SouthernCare volunteer Chris Gray said. “With this donation they should be able to have a nice holiday celebration they can enjoy.”

SouthernCare employees said the donations wouldn’t have been possible without the help of volunteers Chris and Deidra Gray; Tammy Price; Tim, Tina and Haley Perdue; Callaway Concrete for donating the trailer for the parade; and McKinnon Motors for their support of the project.

Price said it took everybody’s help and that teamwork is what made the winning float, which in turn gave them the money to donate.