A fan drive is being conducted to benefit Meal-A-Day recipients.
Fans for the “Beat the Heat Fan Drive” can be dropped off at Hopkins House, located at 890 Camp St., before Wednesday, July 31.
“Any kinds of fans would be appreciated,” said Karon Weatherman, who oversees the Meal-A-Day program.
Meal-A-Day recipients are senior citizens who are no longer able to cook for themselves. They pay just $2 a day Monday through Friday for a large boxed balanced, nutritious meal that’s delivered to their homes. They either live alone or with an elderly spouse who also is unable to cook. Often, Meal-A-Day recipients are shut-ins. Most are Sulphur Springs residents, although the program does have one delivery route in the Como-Pickton area.
The program is currently accepting applications for anyone who resides within the city limits of Sulphur Springs and meets all of the other above criteria, including paying the daily fee.
“We would like to be able to serve anyone that we can. I know that there are people out there who need our services. Two dollars isn't much to pay for a great meal that is usually enough for two meals, and it is delivered right to your door,” said Weatherman. “We have several openings on each of our six city delivery routes.”
Anyone meeting those criteria can apply, but those interested in the program should note it’s not a state-funded program, thus not for people who are already assisted through a state-funded program.
“We are not a government program like Meals on Wheels. We run on donations and the $2 that people pay for their lunches. We are not able to give a lot of free lunches because we do not get government help, except for United Way and FEMA. Our food is cooked fresh every day by wonderful and caring volunteers. Our drivers are all volunteers and use their own vehicles and gas to deliver the food,” she noted.
For more information about the Meal-A-Day program, call 903-885-1661. For more information about the Beat the Heat Fan Drive, call 903-439-1202.
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