DALLAS, TX -- While many of us spend the holiday enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast surrounded by family, many others in our community, aren’t as fortunate.
That’s why Meals on Wheels, along with scores of volunteers, put the “give” in Thanksgiving.
They were up, long before the sun was, to pack and prep over 4,000 meals that were delivered to homebound seniors in North Texas.
"They will not see anybody at Thanksgiving, expect for these wonderful volunteers," Katherine Kraise, CEO of Visiting Nurses Association of Dallas. "So, we really want to thank the volunteers for coming out today.”
Volunteers came with open hearts, in the true spirit of giving.
"This is a really good way to give back because it’s such an important holiday," volunteer Eljin Allen told NewsFix. "Those who are doing without really need help with supplying food for their families.”
"Today, I’m volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels for Thanksgiving," Ron Joiner said. "I’ve got my mother with me, she’s a recipient also, but she’s riding around with me to deliver the food.”
"Last year, during Thanksgiving and Christmas, she received the meals and I was so excited that people actually delivered on Thanksgiving and Christmas, that I felt like I needed to volunteer and do a part of my service as well.”
For those on the receiving end of the special delivery, the kindness and generosity of others made it a holiday that was truly memorable.
"We’re just here by ourselves, sometimes, like with this weather, I can’t move," Dolores Zamora said. "So, I don’t usually go out. Most of the time, I’m here at home.”
"It means a lot. It’s a blessing.”