The program that provides meals to shut- ins and homebound county residents is in need of a bit of help. The Meal A Day program, overseen by Senior Citizens Center Program Director Karon Weatherman and operated primarily through volunteer labor, is short a driver to deliver meals to those residents who benefit from the program.
“If you think that delivering meals would be just jumping in and out of a car on a hot or cold day, now is your chance to find out that it is not,” said Weatherman. “Delivering Meal A Day food to shut-ins is so much more fun and rewarding than you could ever imagine.”
The greatest need at present is for a driver on Fridays. All that would be required is about an hour to an hour and a half, a driver’s license, working vehicle and the desire to help ensure Meal A Day recipients get their daily meal.
“I am desperate for a driver or two. Please open your hearts and help them,” Weatherman pleas on behalf of program recipients.
While this is a route with immediate need for a replacement driver or two, the Meal A Day program is always glad of volunteers to help by periodically filling in for other volunteers as a cook or food preparation assistant or driver when the regular volunteers take vacation, are sick or otherwise unable to help out on their designated days.
Being a Meal A Day volunteer driver, while not monetarily rewarding, is very important to the seniors who “light up when you go to their door” with the meals they rely on five days a week.
“You are there to make a difference in their lives, but they end up touching yours more. It will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that you have made their day, and that you have let them remain independent and in their homes a little longer,” Weatherman notes. “They will touch you with their smiles of appreciation.”
To volunteer as a driver or more information about volunteering at the Meal A Day Center, contact Karon Weatherman at 903-885-1661 at the Senior Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, or at 903-885-0049.
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