Birthday serves as food drive

FAIRMONT – It’s become a tradition for Lucinda Isenberg ever since her 95th birthday. Instead of being showered with gifts and cards, Isenberg’s wish has been that everyone bring food to donate to the Salvation Army.

“I used to be on the advisory board,” Isenberg said. “The need was great then, and what the need is today, I can only imagine … Years ago, we were poor, but we lived on a farm so we always had food, and we lived within our means. But now, you go to the grocery store, and I can’t believe the prices.”

While Isenberg’s 98th birthday isn’t until Oct. 21, she will hold her annual open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center. Those wanting to donate are welcome to drop off donations all weekend.

“Any money that’s dropped off will also be donated to the Salvation Army,” Isenberg said. “If you’re dropping off a check, make it out to the Salvation Army.”

Isenberg has been through her share of tough times, but even as a double amputee, she feels blessed.

“I still get around, and am thankful for the taxi, so I can still go shopping,” she said. “I don’t have a thing to complain about.”

But people going hungry, especially children, is something that greatly bothers her.

“I’m so glad the schools started serving breakfasts to students,” Isenberg said. “Imagine how hard it must be for those little stomachs having to wait until noon. During last year’s food drive, I was so happy to see people donate boxes of cereal.”

Last year, Isenberg gathered 300 items and $300 in cash donated.

“It’s gone up every year,” she said. “I thank the Lord to everything He’s given me; He’s bless me abundantly. That’s why I feel if I can help somebody with the food shelf, that will be my greatest gift. I don’t want praise, I just want to help somebody else.”