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Meals on Wheels provides food and friendship to seniors

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  • Erika Salem, Utah
    March 24, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Networks of support are critical to all of us, not just the elderly. Volunteering like this is GREAT karma.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    Sally, I agree that in an ideal world, I would do this. I do take over dinner on a regular basis, but unfortunately, I have a demanding job, kids, and lots of responsibilities.
    So, my mother can pay a token fee and get a delicious HOT meal every day, and I know there is someone checking on her when I am out of town.
    It's a wonderful program, and I think she likes the food better than my cooking!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 20, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    @ Sally: I could take the time off everyday to make sure my parents are taken care of and have a healthy lunch - but then I would probably lose my job, which would place me and my children on food stamps and make me unable to financially help my parents in other ways.

    Alternatively, I could spend my evenings with my parents and not be available to feed my children and help them with their homework.

    Or, I could allow others the Christian opportunity of helping me and my family. I think I will go with that one.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Sometimes, family are unable to help. Sometimes, they are too far away. I know when my own parents reached an age where they needed help, they refused to relocate to be closer to their children and grandchildren. We did what we could; but you can't really check in every day when you're 700 miles away.

    Also, it's nice for the elderly to get a chance to interact with people who are not family. A wider social circle is a good thing.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    I think it is even better when family takes care of family.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    How wonderful to reach out to Seniors this way. It sounds like a great community effort. Blessings to those who receive and those who give!