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Meals-on-Wheels needs help for the holidays

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The holidays are here, and for Meals-on-Wheels, like everyone else, it is a busy and critical time of the year. With school being out and people going on vacation, Meals-on-Whe-els needs caring volunteers to help deliver meals during the holidays. In addition, we are in need for additional routes to be added to meet the growing need of seniors in our area.

This time of year, especially, elderly people that live alone tend to suffer from depression, and there is an even greater need to check on the homebound disabled and elderly persons in the community.

"With the holidays approaching, it is more important than ever, for dedicated volunteers to be available to check on our seniors daily," said Sarah Drew-Watson, volunteer coordinator for Ellis County.

Currently, Meals-on-Wheels has 37 delivery routes providing meals countywide, with the need for two more. Meals-on-Wheels depends on its volunteers to deliver to 12 communities in Ellis County, which include Avalon, Bardwell, Ennis, Ferris, Italy, Maypearl, Midlothian, Milford, Palmer, Red Oak, Ovilla and Waxahachie.

"At this time, we have volunteer needs in all the areas we serve," Ms. Watson continued.

Prepared meals are picked up and served Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. county-wide, with delivery times taking no longer than an hour. Volunteers are provided with detailed directions and instructions, and help when they can, whether it is weekly, a couple of times a month, or simply on an as needed basis.

"With daily contact from our volunteers, Meals-on-Wheels helps deal with the loneliness that many homebound persons feel on a regular basis, and especially during the holidays," added Watson.

"In some cases, the volunteer might be the only person that senior sees all day," she continued.

Meals-on-Wheels is projected to feed over 52,000 meals—lunch and breakfast—between Thanksgiving Day and the first of the New Year, serving 750 people each day of the week.

This is the time of year the organization also conducts its annual holiday appeal, and is accepting donations to help with the cost of meals. One home-delivered meal costs $6.45.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or if you know of someone who could benefit from Meals-on-Wheels services, please contact the Meals-on-Wheels offices at 972-315-9943 or online at www.servingthechild renofyesterday.org.

Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based non-profit organization serving the residents of Johnson and Ellis Counties for more than 32 years.

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