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Midlothian couple enjoy weekly route for Meals-on-Wheels

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Submitted photo: Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers Bill and Willi LaMedica deliver a meal to Sharon Prater of Midlothian. Submitted photo: Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers Bill and Willi LaMedica deliver a meal to Sharon Prater of Midlothian.

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They’re world travelers – cultured, accomplished and sophisticated. 

His roots are deep seeded in the annuals of European history as a descendant of the de’ Medici family. A dairy farm in Amsterdam provided a bucolic backdrop during her childhood. 

Yet they are appreciative of the small things in life, like the enthusiastic greeting they receive from the Doberman they rescued or the scent of fresh-cut grass on a balmy spring day.

Bill and Willi LaMedica’s intriguing life together would make James Bond’s adventures pale in comparison. Today they call Midlothian home. A plea from Meals-on-Wheels for volunteers in the Midlothian Mirror piqued their interest. 

For more than a year, the couple has taken up a weekly route, sometimes delivering two at a time when the need arises.  

They say they’ve delivered all four of Midlothian’s routes and now know each client served in their city. 

“Mostly I’m doing this for my Mom,” Willi confessed. 

“I told Bill that really I wanted to do this because I didn’t get a chance to do it for my Mom.”

She explained that the first year she and Bill were living in the States, she would make the trek back to Holland when her mother was in hospice. 

Willi said the clients really appreciate the meals and when there are extras, like the chicken dinners provided by Chicken Express or the Christmas gifts that some of the clients received, they are often overwhelmed. 

Willi recalled one client’s reaction when she and Bill presented him with a gift over the holidays.

“He started crying,” she said. “it was very emotional. He really appreciated it.” 

Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based, non-profit organization serving the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Johnson & Ellis County for 35 years. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you know of someone who could benefit from Meals-on-Wheels services, call 972-351-9943, or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.


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