By Christopher T. Matthews
On Sunday May 29th Henrietta Savage was thrown a birthday celebration at the Garden Lake Hall by her family, attended by over 100, that included friends and family.
Henrietta Savage-Armstrong said, “I am so excited! This is awesome and I still can’t believe that it is happening for me. This is a very beautiful location. My family has travelled from a little bit of everywhere to be here. I am just happy, and I would like to thank everybody who help made this possible!”
She was born to Reverend Harvey and Martha Savage; Reverend Harvey Savage was the original founder of the Kitchen For The Poor. Henriertta is one of 15 siblings, which including her, 10 still remain.
Latonya Sheares, Henrietta’s daughter, said, “We our honoring her 65th birthday. She turned 65 on May 23rd and we feel like this celebration was long overdue, because she is a great matriarch of our family and community. And, she feeds hundreds of people daily.”
Sister, Judy Savage, feels that her sister is an angel. “She is the one that is there for everybody. She neglects herself, most times, to do for others. Whenever there is a event or gathering, she is the one that does most of the cooking. This is long overdue. It is time for us to do something for her. She is a beautiful person and we love her so much; I wish her a Happy 65th birthday and many more to come,” Judy stated.
Both brothers, Harvey Jr. and John Savage, talked about their sister being a great asset to the family and the community. She has been a cornerstone to the family and plays a significant role in the Kitchen’s operations on a day-to-day basis. “We love her and appreciate her for what she is doing. Happy Birthday!”
Michael Savage, son of Henrietta Savage, shared similar sentiments about his mom, saying, “It is nice to celebrate with family, and to get a chance to show our appreciation and love for my mother. It really is well overdue. She has worked and provided for the community and the family for a long time. And it is just pretty much time for us to give back and pay some homage.”
Son, Darrell F. Sheares, wished his mother a happy birthday and said, “I love her to death. I am so excited about this celebration for her, because she is always doing things, and putting events together for other people. For everyone to come together and make this day about and for her is a heartwarming experience. Overall, we are grateful for her and we love her with abundant appreciation and it is good to see everyone who has showed up with love and support.”
Tracey Sheares, shared that being a favorite grandchild is a blessing. “She is an amazing person. She does for any and everybody without a second thought. She deserves recognition and so much more; I love her and wish her a happy birthday,” Tracey said.