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H-E-B's Feast of Sharing Kicks off Tuesday by feeding the homebound

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 04 2012 05:47:51 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 04 2012 08:37:26 PM CST
ABILENE,TX -

Meals on Wheels volunteers packed and prepared food to feed 900 hundred people this morning. It was the beginning of H-E-B's annual Feast of Sharing tradition.

"It would be hard for us to put on the event without the volunteers," said H-E-B Unit Director David McKenzie. "We have about 600 volunteers every year. If it wasn't for the volunteers it would be an impossible event for us to put on in Abilene."

Abilene Christian University student Dayna Roe understands the need to give to others. She enjoys volunteering.

Roe said, "A lot of these people don't have family members to be there for them. Anyone they come in contact with can help being joy to their life."

A little care goes a long way. This year elementary school students hand made cards, one to accompany each meal that gets delivered.

"We go into the homes of a lot of people that are pretty isolated and don't have any one else checking on them on a regular basis," said Meals on Wheels Executive Director Betty Bradley. "The volunteers check on the well being."

This time of year, Meals on Wheels struggle to make their deliveries. They're short on volunteers. People like Dayna get them and the families through a tough time.

Roe said, "It's been really nice. They all appreciate it a lot."

If you would like to donate or volunteer for Meals on Wheels, log onto their website at http://mealsonwheelsplus.com/ for more information.