500 Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound, hungry seniors
For the 25th consecutive year, 500 dedicated volunteers spent their Thanksgiving morning delivering meals and a warm smile to over 3,700 homebound, hungry seniors for VNA Meals on Wheels.
At 5:00 am VNA Meals on Wheels Kitchen Staff began preparing over 800 pounds of turkey, traditional cornbread dressing, gravy, spinach, ambrosia salad, cranberry sauce and over 3,700 dinner rolls! Volunteers from Jesuit College Preparatory School began arriving at 7:00 am to transfer hot coolers filled with meals prepared at VNA's Beatrice M. Haggerty Kitchen to the parking lot that were later picked up by volunteer drivers at 8:30 am. Other community groups who helped deliver meals include Ursuline Academy, Plano Amateur Radio Club, Dallas Sai Center, Booz & Co., HP, Dallas Fire Rescue Explorers, Kirkwood Temple CME, Metropolitan Baptist, and Living Testimony Baptist.
Many families across north Texas have made delivering meals to homebound, hungry seniors a Thanksgiving tradition. "Our older son was in preschool and my wife was expecting when we started delivering meals on Thanksgiving," VNA's Vice President and General Counsel Tom Ricciardelli stated. "It has become a family tradition that we all look forward to every year." The Ricciardelli family has participated in VNA Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving deliveries every year for the past 25 years.
If you find senior hunger unacceptable, volunteer once a year or more to deliver food and friendship. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering to deliver VNA Meals on Wheels in Dallas County are invited to call (214) 689-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to VNA, visit www.vnatexas.org or email email@example.com.