For the last 25 years, hundreds of homebound seniors have depended on Meals on Wheels South Florida to get a a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day. This year is crucial for many. We speak to several volunteers who've been a part of these seniors lives for many years.
“I wanted to do something that is improving the quality of life not only for me but for anybody else. He spent 25 years doing just that” said Jenny Mackie, volunteer at Meals on Wheels South Florida.
Jenny is talking about her father John. He spent his over two decades of his life, dedicated to Meal on Wheels South Florida.
“I grew up with Meals on Wheels and one of things that he started and was very passionate about was the Thanksgiving deliveries,” said Jenny.
So passionate, the tradition of delivering meals has been passed down to Jenny’s kids.
“Instead of taking our time to make a turkey and have fun, we deliver the meals and it makes us happy to see them being happy getting the food. Just their smiles make your day,” said Ryan.
Last year, nearly 500 home-bound seniors received a warm meal on Thanksgiving.
“You go there and they provide boxes with the meals [and] you have a list of the places [you deliver to]. They also give each beneficiary flowers, which is so special. You just see the eyes and smiles light up whenever they do that,” said Jack Brewer, volunteer.
Former NFL player Jack Brewer, is one of the donors and supporters.
“It’s right before the lunch hour so people can really sit down and have a true Thanksgiving meal. A hot meal that’s very nourishing. Sometimes it smells so good I want to take a bite! I haven’t done that and I won’t do that but it really is an incredible experience,” said Jack.
For Jenny and her family, they say they wouldn’t spend the holiday any other way.
“I feel like they like us talking to them and getting them flowers and not just the meals,” said Madison.
Jenny says they’re always in need of volunteers, especially on Thanksgiving day, If you’re interested you can find more information here.