This spring The Salvation Army of Central Indiana welcomed over 250 central Indiana seniors to enjoy music, games, and delicious food at the annual Older Adult Spring Luncheon. The luncheon incorporated a luau theme, which meant lots of bright Hawaiian shirts, colorful leis, and tropical decorations. Two Indianapolis locations hosted this year’s event: The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps on the city’s northwest side and The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps just southeast of downtown.

Capt. Jonathan Cooper

Dressed in their favorite luau gear, Captains Jonathan and Chrissy Cooper and Lieutenants Brandon and Megan Lewis led guests through fun games like Pass the Coconut and Aloha Bingo. They filled the buildings with cheerful voices in singalongs to songs like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Over the Rainbow” and shared messages of hope and love with the groups. All-American Picnic Company brought barbecue chicken and pineapple upside cake to the luau and dozens of volunteers made sure that guests were having a great time.

The Salvation Army hosts this luncheon each spring as a way to stay connected with the seniors in our community and give them an opportunity to get out, visit with friends, and have fun after a long winter. Many of the guests also take part in regular Salvation Army programs at their local corps community center. Senior programming can include everything from weekly meals and bingo games to group shopping excursions and field trips to fun destinations around Indianapolis. Big events like the spring luncheon also provide an opportunity to connect with new neighbors who could benefit from Salvation Army services. While some may simply be looking for a new church home, others may need help with utilities or food.

Playing “Pass the Coconut”

The Older Adult Spring Luncheon is a highlight of the spring season at our Indianapolis corps community centers. Thank you to all the volunteers and partners who made this year’s luau a joyful event!

(Check out photos from this year’s luaus at Eagle Creek and Fountain Square on our Flickr page by clicking HERE. You can also find video from each event on the Eagle Creek and Fountain Square Facebook pages.)