By MARY RAINWATER
Meals on Wheels of Palestine, Inc. was recently awarded a $45,000 State Giving Grant from the Walmart Foundation for the purchase of a heated and cooled delivery truck.
The truck, a 2013 model, is used to deliver around 600 meals per day from the Palestine kitchen to Frankston, Jacksonville and Henderson.
The truck is designed with 70 percent heated space and 30 percent cooled space, which enables the meals to arrive at their proper temperatures, as mandated by state and federal laws.
On hand to deliver the check to Lois Durant, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, was Susan Rand of Walmart Warehouse No. 6036; John Goodman and Michael Paige of Walmart Transportation No. 6836; Amelia Cook of Walmart Warehouse No. 6005; and Adam Harding, manager of the local Walmart Supercenter.
“Meals on Wheels is very grateful for all of the support received from Walmart over the years,” Durant said. “This gift was especially welcome at this time.”
For more information on Meals on Wheels of Palestine Inc., call 903-729-6344 or 903-723-2092. Offices are located in the Palestine Senior Activity Center at 200 Church St. in Palestine.
PRMC Sunshine Guild spreads holiday cheer
Spreading Christmas happiness is the goal of the Sunshine Guild volunteers at the Palestine Regional Medical Center.
Volunteer and gift shop chairman Betty Huebner has been busy unpacking little baby photo albums to give as gifts to new mothers whose babies are born during the month of December.
The staff of the hospital's Maternity and Delivery department takes the first photo of the new babies, so along with the photo albums, the parents will have a keepsake to commemorate the newborn's December birth.
A lullaby is played over the speaker system to announce the birth of every baby.
"Life is so precious,” a Guild member stated recently. “Whenever I hear the lullaby that signifies the birth of a baby, it always makes me feel happy.”
Some children experience a stay in the hospital during the holiday season and unfortunately, some must
remain over Christmas Day.
Sunshine Guild treasurer Jean Chitwood has made a commitment to visit with these children, taking a Christmas stocking filled with goodies, coloring books, crayons, and items from the hospital gift shop to give to each child.
"Being in the hospital over the holidays can be a lonely experience for children, so anything we can do to brighten their day and bring a little happiness is what the volunteers have elected to do," PRMC Volunteer Coordinator Dru Steadman said.