Senior’s birthday gift bestowed on town
Published 12:53 pm Saturday, February 20, 2016
When Anna P. Urquhart became 89 years old last month — Jan. 10, to be precise — she learned how much she’s loved by those who know her.
Celebrating a week later with family and friends, particularly members of her AARP Chapter 5309, included party food, a few treats, games and a raffle. But what was missing were the customary cards and presents. That’s because Urquhart had a different gift in mind, one that would benefit the town, and not just for herself. She asked instead for donations that would go toward the future Windsor Community Center, formerly the old middle school gymnasium on Route 258.
During the wingding, daughters Eileen and Desiree explained that their mother was “moved by God to raise money for the new center. Anna knows she’s been wonderfully blessed. Helping others is what God expects of us.”
Several local businesses offered their support with raffle gifts, including Domino’s, Dairy Queen, Anna’s Ristorante, Checkers Restaurant, Itly’s Country Story, Food Lion, Farmer’s Daughter Cafe, Burger King and a a woman’s watch by Armitron.
Near the end of the event, it was announced that $1,255 had been given so far. Wiping tears from her eyes, Mayor Carita Richardson said what joy Urquhart’s gift has given her and all present.
“You’ve touched us so much. I’m so, so happy,” Richardson said. “Miss Anna is an inspiration to all of us. This makes the Windsor community such a great place to live.”
Urquhart was visibly moved as well by the presence of all who came. She noted that the Windsor Ruritans paid for the rental of the club house, which the honoree said was “the first blessing for the occasion.”
“This would not be possible without the AARP. I have not done a thing but give orders. This is what I call friends,” Urquhart said.
This past Wednesday during an AARP meeting, one of her daughters announced that $2,009 had been received. Even after expenses, Urquhart was able to give a $1,500 check to the mayor.
“We could not have done this without you,” said Desiree. “My mother is ecstatic!”
Richardson again she was touched and grateful for the contribution, and added the money will be used for senior programs once the facility is completed and open.
Urquhart said with a large smile, “I appreciate everything you do. I’m still on Cloud Nine!”
Chapter President Melvin Evans gave her, in turn, an envelope of money to cover the costs she incurred for the party.