Greensburg Daily News
---- — Dear Editor:
April 29 was a day of celebration for Greensburg Meals on Wheels (MOW). This was the day we honored our volunteer drivers. These dedicated individuals are the reason MOW can continue serving our community. They give of themselves not only by delivering meals to our clients, but also by becoming friends to our clients. They check on these clients daily and make sure they don’t need anything. On some days, drivers are the only contact clients have with the outside world.
While preparing for this big day, I reflected upon how blessed MOW is to have each one of our drivers. I contemplated the fact that drivers often bring their children or grandchildren with them to deliver meals. What a wonderful thing to teach future leaders of this community about the value of doing for others!
I watched my own grandmother do MOW when I moved to Greensburg during High School. Upon starting my work with MOW, my children were brought up delivering meals; today, I’m proud to say my grandchildren help deliver meals. I applaud MOW drivers not only for their selflessness, but for handing this wonderful trait down to their children and grandchildren. Greensburg will be blessed for generations to come due to these wonderful volunteers teaching upcoming volunteers this gift.
These wonderful people who deliver meals are: Marlene and Brian Wolter; Doug and Joann Fry; Marilyn Woods; Betty Springmier; Dick and Alice Rust; Judy Muckerheid; Jean Evans; Claude and Dottie Bilbrey; Bob and Joan Navarra; Sharon Herbert; Sheryl Soendlin; Debbie Coy; Bill and Sandy Pratt; Carol Bishop; Fred and Sarah Deiwert; Dennis and Susan Wilson; Max Hufferd; Jan Johnson; Brentley Smith; Cricket Snodgrass; Kelly Hatfielld; Lynda Keillor; Marlene Cochran; Joe and Anne Westhafer; Kristi Jarvis; Heather Miller; Diane Simmonds; Sharon Wickens; Ted and Linda White; Emily Robbins; Bryan Robbins; Roger and Mary Ann Welage.
As you can see, this is quite a list! MOW thanks these special people and appreciates all they do to ensure that MOW can continue growing and serving Greensburg.
Greensburg MOW also extends a heartfelt “thank you” to: Morning Breeze; Aspen Place Health Campus; Arbor Grove; and Skybird Manor. All are huge MOW supporters. They each hold one of our fundraisers throughout the year. Aspen Place will also host our 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Morning Breeze and Arbor Grove will provide gifts for each of our drivers. We thank each of these facilities for their support!
Our thanks also go to MainSource for presenting each of our drivers with a gas gift card at the luncheon. They support MOW weekly as our banking source and offer a sign of appreciation to our drivers with their gift.
MOW meals are prepared at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, whose dietary department goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure that a hot, well-balanced, delicious meal is sent to each of our clients. A big thank you to them for their hard work!
I hope I haven’t forgotten anybody. If I did, I apologize; as you can see, it takes a village to run MOW!
For those reading this and thinking about supporting MOW, please call me at 663-6099 with any questions. If you want to help but are unable to deliver, just watch the paper and listen to WTRE; MOW holds many fundraisers during May and later in the year.
We will offer discount cards, good for one year, for $5 beginning in mid-May. We will also be the recipient of WTRE’s Birthday and Anniversary Month in May. If you know someone with a birthday or anniversary during May, call WTRE at 663-8733 and MOW will receive a penny per year, courtesy of Kunz Farm Repair.
We will hold nights at local restaurants at Ponderosa, Wings and Rings, Arby’s, and The Beach, with a portion of proceeds benefiting MOW. Wine for Wheels will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., June 14, at the park by Arbor Grove. We will also host Breakfast with Santa and a Silent Auction from 9 to 11 a.m., the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Morning Breeze.
Finally, we’ll hold Dancing with the Stars at Aspen Place in February 2015. We have a lot going on. Keep reading the Greensburg Daily News and listening to WTRE for definite dates and times.
Greensburg MOW thanks all the people and businesses who support us throughout the year. Without each you, we couldn’t keep MOW growing and going!
We look forward to serving Greensburg for many years to come!
Diana Robbins, Director Greensburg Meals on Wheels