Friday, March 21, 2014

A Meeting Nine Years in the Making

Imagine having someone cook for you for years and never seeing their face.  For nine years, Helen didn’t know who Darlene was. They didn’t even know each other’s names. Then, on one March morning the two met and ate together. It was a literal depiction of the Meals on Wheels program in motion.

Darlene Wilcox, Red Cross Cook
Speaks with the Media

Darlene has been a cook for the American Red Cross for nine years and Helen has been a client that entire time. Darlene graciously accepted an invitation as did Helen to sit down and eat a meal together Darlene herself helped cook. This meeting illustrated the impact of one person and one partnership in the lives of some many others.

How does the partnership work? The American Red Cross cooks prepare and package the meals. Visiting Nurse Service volunteer drivers deliver the meals to hundreds of clients in the area. More than 1,500 people were served more than 250,000 meals last year. What better way to show that collaboration than having this meeting?

If you want to see the actual story, the four major news stations in Rochester covered the meeting. The links to the story are below.




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