Networks of support are critical to all of us, not just the elderly.
Volunteering like this is GREAT karma.
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!
@ 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.
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.
I think it is even better when family takes care of family.
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!