In a heartwarming collaboration, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa joined forces with Home Instead's Tulsa and Owasso branches for the "Be A Santa To A Senior" gift drive last month. The initiative garnered overwhelming support from the public, resulting in over a thousand donated items that volunteers are now delivering alongside regular meals to seniors in need.
Each gift bag, filled with multiple goodies including hats, gloves, puzzle books, toiletries, and cozy blankets, has brought joy to the recipients. Notably, a 100-year-old World War II veteran named Willie Montgomery expressed his delight as he received the thoughtful items.
Willie, one of the last surviving World War II veterans, found comfort in the fuzzy blanket, acknowledging the generosity of Meals on Wheels. For Willie and his daughter Daisy, who lives with him, these meals are a vital convenience, especially during the colder months when venturing out becomes challenging. Daisy expressed her gratitude, emphasizing how Meals on Wheels has been a consistent support for their family.
Another recipient, Lea Maxwell, shared her story of resilience. After a stroke left her unable to drive, she turned to Meals on Wheels for support. As a special education teacher, re-entering the workforce posed challenges, compounded by her vision impairment. The additional gifts from the people of Tulsa brought immense gratitude to Lea, highlighting the impact of community support on individuals facing adversity.
Both Daisy and Lea extended their thanks to Meals on Wheels, emphasizing the positive influence it has had on their lives. For Willie and Daisy, the program has been a lifeline, making their journey more manageable. Lea, in her unique situation, appreciated the community's generosity, expressing deep gratitude for the thoughtful gifts.
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of seniors in the community. The recent feature on KJRH Channel 2 News sheds light on our organization's commitment to providing not just meals but also comfort, joy, and a sense of community to those who need it most.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to Douglas Braff at Channel 2 News for beautifully capturing and sharing the heartwarming stories of seniors like Willie Montgomery and Lea Maxwell. His dedication to highlighting our mission and its impact in the community is truly appreciated.
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