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Volunteers needed at Meal-A-Day

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Hopkins County Meal-A-Day Center is once again in need of volunteers to help prepare and delivery food for program recipients — shut-ins and homebound county residents, as well as a few seniors who take advantage of the low cost meals at the center.

“I thought I had all of my days covered but I need a few more volunteers,” notes Karon Weatherman, program and marking director for the Senior Citizens Center, who also oversees the Meal-A-Day program. “I did get a couple of wonderful new volunteers on the last go around but one of them has already quit.”

The center put out a plea for help in mid June and filled most slots, but still have at least three openings for volunteers.

“I need another cook on Monday and Wednesday. I also need a driver on Thursday. If anyone would like to volunteer for one or both of those days please call me at the Senior Citizens Center,” Weatherman said.

In order to be a driver, volunteers must have about an hour to an hour and a half, a driver’s license, reliable vehicle and the desire to help ensure Meal A Day recipients get their daily meal. The route is in Sulphur Springs.

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, Weatherman said.

“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.”

“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.”

To volunteer call 903-885-1661.

 

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