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Meals On Wheels Feeds Hungry Austinites on Thanksgiving
Turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the fixin’s; before sitting down for their own a feast today about 100 volunteers made sure others had something eat.
Delivering meals to the area’s disabled and elderly has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many families.
It started with a long line of volunteers filing into the Meals on Wheels offices to pick up a Thanksgiving feast, Thursday morning.
“I like giving out the food and stuff,” said a young volunteer, Zachary Finton. “Helping out the old people.”
Then, cars full of food and volunteers are loaded up and more than 100 volunteers hit the road, visiting homes around central Austin.
Meals on Wheels serves food to the elderly, and disabled, like Eulon and Mattie Hodge, a couple who has no other way of getting a Thanksgiving meal.
“Well, it is Thanksgiving, so maybe they’ve come to bring me some food or something,” said Mattie as she opened the door to the Meals on Wheels Volunteers.
“We can eat today and tomorrow night,” Mattie told her husband Eulon. “And we don't have to cook it. That's a blessing.”
For the McKinley family, it's their first year volunteering with Meals on Wheels.
“What are you planning on doing today?” Mattie McKinley asked one of the elderly women they delivered a meal to.
“Aw, I can't do nothing. I'm going to sit right here in my chair,” she replied.
It’s a volunteering experience, the McKinley’s say they won’t soon forget.
“Some of them were a little heartbreaking,” said Mattie McKinley. “You wonder why we have people suffering like this without enough to eat.”
“It's also a blessing for us though,” said McKinley’s daughter Kristen Brookshire. “Just to be able to see their smiling faces, they're so sweet. We really enjoyed our time here and we'll probably be volunteering a lot more now. It's a good tradition.”
In total, 485 meals were served to the elderly and disabled around Austin on Thanksgiving Day.