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January 23, 2014

Willing hearts & rolling wheels: Couple volunteers for Meals on Wheels; more help needed

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PALESTINE —

“Then you have to pay the vehicles (seven of those) that they drive, the wear and tear and mileage.”

For these reasons, Graham said the need for volunteers is substantial. To become a volunteer, people can call her directly at 903-729-0612, option #4. Ask for Camille and leave a message if she isn’t in.

 

THE ROUTE

Liz reaches into the backseat, grabs a brown bag and peers into it.

“Today, looks like chicken, noodles and Brussels sprouts,” she observes.

For each recipient, Meals on Wheels provides a “hot” bag, the entrée; a “cold” bag with salad and dessert; bread and a carton of milk.

The character and sense of expectancy varies at each stop. For one resident, Liz trots up to the door and leaves the meal in an ice chest, per the recipient’s request. For others, she knocks on the door, exchanges some friendly sentences and is on her way. Still others welcome her in as one of the family — like Ms. Rose.

Rose is a colorful lady in every sense of the word. Her perfectly curled hair is almost as red as her lipstick.

“She’s always all duded up,” Liz says, and Rose agrees: “If I don't have earrings and lipstick on, I am naked.”

She ushers Liz in with the manners of someone’s well brought-up daughter and, accordingly, as if suppressing a bit of childlike playfulness.

“I don't know what I would do without them,” Rose says when asked about the program for which Liz and John volunteer. And it’s clear to see — the gratefulness shines from her eyes.

The two women stand and chat for a bit before Liz turns to go. But not so fast, Rose decides. She reaches around and picks out a teddy bear from his perch on the shelf behind them. When a button is pressed, the bear sings and dances. And Rose dances with him.

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