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We received a call from Carrie Mae, a long time Meals on Wheels recipient, thanking us over and over again for her brand new front door. Carrie Mae called saying, "please tell Rachel how happy I am to have a new door. It's such a pretty door too." A few days earlier Carrie Mae was visited by Richard from Lighthouse Church.
It’s been a little over two years since we started our Healthy Meal Program with the help of Chef Kim Ortega and now Chef Emily Cookson and her team of volunteers at Lowcountry Food Bank.
Did you know that each recipient receives a cake on their birthday? Thanks to two wonderful volunteers, Juanita and Nancy, this is possible. Juanita explained that she and Nancy started baking cakes for East Cooper Meals on Wheels recipients so long ago that she is unsure of how long ago that was. “It actually was Nancy’s idea to stop in East Cooper Meals on Wheels and see if you guys would allow and accept small cakes or breads from us for the people you service,” said Juanita.
A little over a year ago, Millie started to receive meals from East Cooper Meals on Wheels. She never thought that at 56 years old she would be in a position to need someone to help her with anything, especially not preparing her own meals. Millie has always lived an active life.
Dennis received a liver transplant at MUSC on September 8, 2016. This was a major surgery replacing the second largest organ in the human body and taking over 7 hours to complete. With tears in his eyes, Dennis said, “the amazing thing is when you wake up in the hospital afterwards, you wake up in ICU and see all the staples. I had this feeling come over me and I cried because all I could think about was that someone had to give their life so mine could continue. And I can’t imagine how their family feels right now. I hope that they know it went to a good person and I’m thankful for what they gave to me.”
Are you planning to run a 5k, 10k or marathon? Did you know that you can now fundraise for East Cooper Meals on Wheels through our website? It’s easy and we will even set it up for you!
Volunteers, Judy and Kathy, set out on what they thought would be a normal delivery day. When they arrived at the first house on their route, they realized they had forgotten one of the coolers. This particular day was the first Tuesday of the month, which means it was a double delivery, covering that day and the following day with deliveries resuming on Thursday.
In 2000, Christ Church graciously allowed East Cooper Meals on Wheels to use one of their buildings as a satellite location for easier distribution. About ten years ago, we moved from St. Andrews Church to Christ Church permanently. Around the same time the satellite location was established, members of Christ Church, like Howard, saw a need for more help and funding to provide weekend meals to homebound neighbors.
More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. To help combat the negative effects of isolation, DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs, for the fourth annual Love Letters campaign.
At East Cooper Meals on Wheels our recipients are some of the most interesting people you may ever have the pleasure of meeting. Take Mr. Bill Oldland, for example. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. Mr. Oldland and his wife, Joan, met when she was just 16 years old. He was 21 years old at the time. Mr. Oldland vividly remembers how they first began dating. Joan was dating a boy named Billy at the time and Billy’s family had just bought the first television set in the neighborhood. Many of the neighborhood children were down at Billy’s house watching the television, but Joan wasn’t interested in the television. Mr. Oldland remembers seeing Joan sitting on her front stoop, upset. He asked her what was wrong and she told him that she and Billy were over because he would rather watch the television set than spend time with her. Mr. Oldland said he remembers asking her very politely, “well, if it’s alright with you, would it be OK if maybe I took you out to see a movie sometime.” She of course said yes and that’s where their story begins.

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