PEPPERELL -- Members of the Police Department and other town employees joined forces Wednesday to serve food at the Senior Center's annual holiday meal.

The meal, paid for by the Police Department, included pot roast, mashed potatoes and green beans and was cooked by town Communications Director Frank Quattrochi.

Police officer Bruce Haskins said all those helping to serve had volunteered to be there.

"It's important, especially this time of year, during the holidays, to pay respect and give service to our seniors," Haskins said.

Senior Center Director Marcia Zaniboni said the event offers a way for seniors to get together during the holidays.

"This time of year especially, it's a great time to celebrate but it also can be difficult. People need support this time of year," Zaniboni said.

For those who couldn't make it out of their houses due to the previous day's snowstorm, the center's van came to pick them up and provide transport to the lunch.

"Especially with the weather, it's good for people to just get out of the house," she said.

Susan McCarthy, the senior center's activities coordinator, thanked the Police Department and town employees for their generosity, which she said was greatly appreciated.

"The seniors love to see the officers, and it helps them get to know the senior community," McCarthy said.

Town Administrator John Moak was one of those who came to serve food.

"It's a pleasure to be able to be with the seniors for this holiday tradition, where the town helps the police to work with the seniors," Moak said.

For many of the 170 seniors who attended, the meal is one of the highlights of the year at the senior center, not simply because of the food, but because of the participation from town employees.

"They all have town jobs to do and they take time out of their busy day to provide such a nice event for the seniors of Pepperell," Sandy Farrell said.

Carol Murdock said their help was appreciated.

"It makes you feel wanted, special and really lucky," Murdock said. "The senior center is the best place you could be in town. It's where the action is."