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Meals on Wheels has unfulfilled Christmas wishes

Posted January 5, 2012

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— Meals on Wheels of Durham asked its more than 200 clients what one item they would like for Christmas, but the program did not receive enough donations to fulfill those requests.

Each client was told they could ask for something worth $20 or less. Many asked for basic necessities, such as underwear, shirts and socks.

"We ran a little bit short this year and are hoping we can fill some of the gaps for the clients (who) are in need of certain things," said Laura Todd, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels. "We had some people asking for things like silverware because they use plastic (utensils)."

For many of the clients, the only visitors they have are Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Meals on Wheels Holiday donations fall short for Durham Meals on Wheels

"I think a lot of them enjoy chatting and good companionship," said volunteer Vicki Skeen. "We feel like we know our clients. We've built relationships with them, and it's rewarding to bring them the food, but I think the interaction with them is more rewarding."

Volunteer Lori Rowe says it's easy to take the simple things in life for granted, such as warm blankets, socks, clean towels and washcloths.

"Just some of the things that are simple amenities are useful for people who are home-bound, or whatever their situation might be," she said.

Meals on Wheels serves about 280 people each day. Carl Hodges, 90, says the organization has given him slippers and a slip-resistant mat for his bathtub. Now that it's winter, the organization has had more requests for anything to keep clients warm, such as blankets, scarves, coats and slippers.

"We can't go to bed at night saying, 'Oh well,' and we knew that if we reached out, the community is so generous. Durham is so generous," Todd said.

Meals on Wheels has a list of specific requests and needs of clients. Those wishing to donate can call 919-667-9424 or visit mowdurham.org. Donations can be dropped off at 2522 Ross Road.


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  • PanthersFan45 Jan 5, 2012

    Sorry to hear that because I sent in my Christmas Donation (monetary) to Meals on Wheels of Wake County a few weeks ago. The amount was for greater than the $20 or less request people had in Durham. If I had known about the need there I would have made out an additional check to the Durham location.

  • Nancy Jan 5, 2012

    My mother volunteered with MOW in northern NY state for many years before she died. All of her children now write an annual check to that group in her memory to help them do what they do best.

    They're a wonderful organization!

  • whinnfjord Jan 5, 2012

    Thanks for the useless and polarizing comment, Alphonse. I swear, not EVERYTHING can be Obama's fault.

    Without getting sucked further into a useless argument about politics, I'll simply end by saying that I just made a donation to Meals on Wheels online after reading this story. I had no idea they ran such a program to give gifts to the seniors and I think it's wonderful!

  • working for deadbeats Jan 5, 2012

    That's odd. With the economy doing so well you would think people have money laying around to just give away. Oh wait.....

    Obama took thousands from me this year. Too bad because I'd love to give more.