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Meals on Wheels Delivers a New Friend

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APEX — Good ideas often find each other. Apex has proof. Its Meals on Wheelsprogram is one good idea that's been around for a while. Volunteersdeliver meals to folks who are unable to cook or shop for themselves. Another good idea became a part of Meals on Wheels, and it all startedin a fourth grade classroom.

Writing a good letter is a very important skill for fourth graders. Eachstudent in Sue Rink's class has a pen pal. The letters don't need stamps.Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver them for free.

One letter arrived at the home of 80-year-old Richard Grouse. It was froma 9-year-old boy named Eric. Eric introduced himself to Mr. Grouse,explaining his hobbies in detail. Mr. Grouse wrote back, inviting Ericand his classmates to visit.

Grouse explained that he was from England, a widower and had no children.But thanks to the Meals on Wheels letter program, he has gained a fewadoptees.

Rink says many of her students aren't from North Carolina originally.Many have lost touch with their grandparents. The program gives thestudents an opportunity to maintain contact with an older person.

Grouse has benefitted from the program and so have the children in Rink'sclass. They recently were introduced to Grouse when he visited theclassroom to share a bit of his life with the fourth grade class.

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