Meridian Star

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November 27, 2013

Mayor, group give baskets of love

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston


    Tuesday, on a cold and rainy afternoon, members of a new community awareness group calling themselves Triangle Plus joined with Meridian Mayor Percy Bland to hand out fruit baskets to elderly citizens who for whatever reason cannot easily leave their homes.

    One of the basket recipients, Meridian resident Annie Cockrell, 84, was overjoyed she was included in the thoughts of others.

    "The Lord knows how to take care of his flock and he knows who to move in order to do it," Cockrell said while standing on her front porch with Bland and members of the Triangle Plus group. "I'm surprised they thought about me and blessed."

    Latoria Brown, who is the organizer of the group, said this simple gesture means so much to those who have for many years worked in Meridian and who are now reliant on fixed incomes. She said she just felt in her heart that someone needed to remember the seniors of Meridian, and along with some close friends, decided to take matters into her own hands.

    "I just love the seniors and many of them can't get out on their own so I decided to do something for them during the holiday season," Brown said. "I got with many of my friends and we formed this group."

    Johnnie Delk, one of the members of the Triangle Plus group, said Bland was approached about the drive and he agreed to help not only deliver the fruit baskets but to donate all the fruit.

    "I thank Latoria and the others for their generosity to this community cause and I think this is a wonderful thing, especially during the holidays," Bland said. "As for the seniors, I can't express my gratitude to them enough for all the years they have invested their lives to Meridian. They are the rocks of the community."

    Brown said more than 50 seniors were to receive fruit baskets Tuesday. She said she isn't stopping here.

    "I plan to get another list together for the Christmas holiday," Brown said. "I want to keep this going."

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