Methodist Childrens Home teaches the values of community service through Meals-on-Wheels
The Methodist Children’s Home van meandered along its Waxahachie route on a hot June day with a group of giggling girls in tow.
Amongst the chattering, the teens appeared to embrace their mission with both passion and purpose.
Their goal: to deliver hot lunches to the elderly and disabled clients of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties. At each stop, an entourage of enthusiasm bounded out.
Meals-on-Wheels client, Mary McVey anxiously awaited their arrival and then with a smile permanently etched on her face, she delighted the girls with stories of her days as a teacher – slipping in a clever remark, or two to entice a few giggles from the group.
"She’s my favorite!" the blonde teen bubbled to her buddies as they made their way back to the van. "I just love her!" Another girl announced before the van door slid shut and the girls were gone.
As a non-profit ministry program offering hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community, the Methodist Children’s Home wanted to expose the teens to community service through Meals-on-Wheels.
Afterward, the girls shared a bit of their youthful perspective about the program. "It was pretty cool, I like talking to them," one teen said. "Hearing their stories really opens my eyes," said another. "They don’t get the acknowledgement that they should," chimed in a third girl.
"I’m real happy that I could be a part of it and help the people who are in need of (Meals-on- Wheels)," said another. "They’re appreciative. It makes me realize that I have a lot, and I’m not really thankful like I should be."
"Now I respect my grandmother more," said one girl.
Meals-on-Wheels serves more than 750 clients throughout Johnson and Ellis Counties each day. Resources, such as volunteers and donations, are needed to continue the services to the homebound elderly and disabled throughout the county.
Those interested in volunteering, donating, or who know of someone in need of services are asked to call Meals-on-Wheels at 972-351-9943, or access the organization’s web site at: www.servingthechildrenof yesterday.org.
Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based non-profit organization serving the residents of Ellis County since 2001.