2/19/2014 6:00:00 AM Youth volunteers send Valentine's Day cards to Meals on Wheels
Special to the Big Bug News
Meals on Wheels, in partnership with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America, announced this week the results of Love Letters, a campaign that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.
"We were thrilled to have received more than 354 cards in the mail for our clients," said Mayer Area Meals on Wheels Director Virginia Tallent. "As many connected to Mayer Area Meals on Wheels know, we deliver so much more than a meal. These adorable cards have warmed the hearts of 84 homebound seniors in Dewey, and we extend our gratitude to DoSomething.org's thoughtful volunteers."
In total, more than 68,000 teen volunteers nationwide made Valentine's Day cards for nearly 100,000 of the 2.5 million vulnerable seniors receiving Meals on Wheels across the county. Love Letters provided an opportunity for young people across the country to help lift the spirits of older adults and combat social isolation. Young people found local, participating Meals on Wheels programs - from a list of 356 across all 50 states - where they sent the card(s). The Valentine's Day cards were then included in meal deliveries made by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Tallent asked Big Bug News columnist and longtime Mayer resident Peggy Swycaffer about receiving the Valentines. She said, "I was very impressed. It was so nice to receive a personal message; and to know that kids and teens cared, and can interact with their elders."
To help Mayer Area Meals on Wheels deliver more than just a meal, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-632-7511.
About Mayer Area Meals on Wheels
Our mission is to provide nutritious meals, both home-delivered and in our dining room, and transportation for appointments and shopping to area residents, all in an cost-efficient manner to promote quality of life, safety, and nutrition thereby supporting their ability to stay in their homes as long as possible. Our volunteer drivers deliver meals along with love and compassion to our approximately 84 or more homebound clients, and we serve approximately 12,600 meals a month, plus serving meals in our congregate dining room Monday thru Friday.