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Meals on Wheels Delivers Food, Presents to Families

Posted: Updated: Dec 25, 2012 04:16 PM EST

Most people spent some time Tuesday gathering with family around a big table of food, but not everyone enjoys that luxury. Some rely on a driver to deliver even the most basic of lunches or dinners.

Meals on Wheels serves people five days a week, but there is something particularly important about making sure those in need have a special meal on Christmas. Thanks to several volunteers, more than 200 people are enjoying this holiday tradition.

"It's great. It really gives all the drivers and volunteers a good feeling, "said Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Keith Halford.

Out of all the places the Meals on Wheels volunteers could have been on Christmas morning, they decided to spend it giving a gift that isn't found in stores.

"I ended up driving out in the city of Charlottesville and was able to deliver Christmas packages to people in their homes, it was beautiful, it was a lot of fun," said volunteer Jeni Crockett-Holme.

"We have a special holiday menu which all the clients look forward to, but we are also very fortunate we received a lot of donated gifts," said Halford.

The volunteers prepared 275 meals for those in need giving them a hot and cold dish which included ham, chicken and all the fixings.

"A lot of our clients, they live by themselves or they're shut-in so they probably don't have family around them as this time of the year, so they really look upon us as an extended family," said Halford.

Clients were also treated to blankets, slippers, and handmade cards and placemats from school children.

"We do special things for them, and they're really appreciative," said Halford.

"It's something I'm really committed to, and I really believe in everybody having enough to eat and this project is really important in doing that in our community for older people, but for everyone as well," said Crockett-Holme.  

Meals of Wheels has more than 300 volunteers who are currently on its roster, but the organization  is still in recruitment mode for drivers and other volunteers.

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