Millions of American families sleep better at night and can continue their daily routines and responsibilities because they know that Meals on Wheels is keeping a watchful eye over their aging loved ones. When other competing responsibilities make it impossible or difficult for us to be there, Meals on Wheels can make sure our parents, grandparents and others in our lives are cared for, and that someone is there to provide a daily safety check.
Can you imagine Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island as nothing but plantations and farm land? It’s hard to even imagine, let alone remember. East Cooper Meals on Wheels recipient, Rebecca Cummings was born in Charleston and raised in Mount Pleasant. She vividly remembers the way things used to be. At 92, her mind is just as sharp as it was in her prime.
Throughout the year, we have several organizations willing to help in any way that they can, but this particular group traveled all the way from Ohio to make a difference in our community. Second Shift Community Fellowship started in 2005 as a Saturday evening worship opportunity for individuals who were unable to make it to their own church for Sunday morning service. In 2012, Second Shift Community Fellowship added a youth outreach arm to their ministry. Youth ministry was something that Pastor Phil Bartholomew, creator of Second Shift Community Fellowship, and his wife Cathy, were called to do many years ago.
Along with a healthy meal delivered to their door to keep their bodies strong, homebound neighbors also need activities to keep their minds sharp. That’s where the Quimby family comes in. The Quimby family has been part of the East Cooper Meals on Wheels family from the very beginning. “My mom and dad, Ed and Alyce Quimby, did Meals on Wheels for years. In fact, they were two of the four people that started it,” said Judi. 32 years later, Alyce is now in her late 90s, is still dedicated to East Cooper Meals on Wheels the homebound neighbors we serve.
At the end of 2017, we will be awarded a brand new Subaru Outback thanks to Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America. This new Outback will allow us to reach those homebound neighbors in more rural areas. Being located in an area prone to flooding and hurricanes, a vehicle like this is key for reaching our most vulnerable neighbors.
After 20 years of service to East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Les Allred is retiring from meal deliveries! He's come rain or shine and inspired so many people over the years. We asked Les to tell us a little about his time with us. His words truly express the spirit of our volunteers and the reason for their dedication. We can't thank Les enough for his service and also for bringing his wife Brenda along for the ride. He has touched so many lives since 1997. Please take a moment to read the story Les shared.
he Charitable Society of Charleston members have provided every new East Cooper Meals on Wheels recipient with a comfort and care package since 2014. Each month members bring by large Ziploc bags filled with small gifts and necessities for our recipients. These bags typically include body wash, shampoo, soap, a washcloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, chapstick, a pen and something fun for our recipients to do such as a crossword puzzle. Once we receive these very thoughtful bags, we add our recipient services manager's contact information, information on delivery times and what to do if the recipient needs to change their delivery. We also include instructions on frozen meals and mid-day meals and most importantly a window sticker. These small window sticker have our logo on them. We ask recipients to put this sticker on their front window to makes it easier for volunteers to find their homes.
In February of this year, we partnered with the American Red Cross to ensure that our homebound neighbors have working smoke alarms in their homes. Rachel Hamilton, recipient services manager, informed our recipients that a volunteer from the Red Cross could visit them in their homes, inspect their current alarms and/or install new alarms.