Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and Bruce Street Seniors Pause to Say ‘Thank You’ at Holiday Brunch

Dekalb County

Nearly 100 DeKalb Seniors enjoy food, fun and entertainment as they recount their blessings during the holiday season.


On Thursday, Nov.16, District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson sponsored a Thanksgiving holiday brunch for seniors at the East DeKalb Senior Center at Bruce Street.

The purpose of this event was to gather and commemorate Thanksgiving with DeKalb seniors and spread love and encouragement during a season that can be challenging for many seniors.

Seniors enjoyed live entertainment from renowned old-school DJ Young Blood and Uncle Joe. The Bruce Street Line dancers also performed during the celebration.

During the brunch, seniors expressed their appreciation and gratitude for Commissioner Davis Johnson and her dedication to ensuring the construction of a new senior center for Bruce Street.

In 2015, upon taking office, Commissioner Davis Johnson committed to building a state-of-the-art senior center for the Bruce Street community and seniors in east DeKalb. Commissioner Davis Johnson secured funding to build a new senior center for the community, which opened in October 2021.   

Members of crochet, jewelry and sewing classes at Bruce Street expressed their gratitude by presenting handcrafted blankets, jewelry, scented soap, and a bed caddy to Commissioner Davis Johnson. All the gifts were made by members who have sharpened their crafting skills through classes offered at Bruce Street Senior Center.

The event also included guest appearances by DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnosn, Lithonia Councilwoman Vanneriah Wynn, Lithonia Councilwoman Diane Howard, and Lithonia City Councilman Darold Honore Jr.

“During the holiday season, we have many reasons to be thankful and one of my reasons to be thankful is for my DeKalb Seniors,” Commissioner Davis Johnson said.

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