Volunteers prepare 400 meals

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Meals On Wheels Prepares Thanksgiving Deliveries.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For some families, the holidays can be a tough time to put food on the table. The organization has grown from preparing 24 meals for three families on Thanksgiving Day to preparing 20,000 meals delivered to over 4,000 families last year. “I remember going to a door and there were five little kids that came to the door,” Volunteer Brenda Kavanagh said. “They were running to the door to get their meals and I was hooked after that.” Aslesen secures the names of families in need.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of home-bound seniors in North Texas will get a hot turkey dinner and a visit from a friendly face this Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, some Twin Cities firefighters wanted to make sure families in need could celebrate. “We thought, let’s deliver some meals in Minneapolis,” Minneapolis Fire Department Chief John Fruetel said. “That would be something special.” “It’s something that’s really humbling to know that there are people who may not have had a good Thanksgiving meal if we weren’t able to do this,” Minneapolis Fire Department assistant chief of administration Bryan Tyner said. She works closely with Twin Cities’ social service agencies and churches including South Side Services, Ramsey County Public Health Services, Union Gospel Mission, St.

Mary’s Episcopal Church had already fed or delivered meals to 340 people Thursday morning. “Our reservations were up this year,” said Jan Morris, who organizes Jo’s Community Dinners, a community effort to provide hot meals to anyone in need on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was originally spearheaded by Josephine Mosdell, who asked Morris to take over before she died. “The funny thing was that Josephine wanted to do this, but she didn’t even boil water,” Morris said. “The year before she died, she asked me to take over.” “In the late 90s, if we served 100 people, Josephine would get so excited,” Proctor recalled. “That used to be a lot. Sixty-seven percent of the group’s clients are women. “The importance of social nutrition that comes with a person showing up on the doorstep, to say ‘you still matter’ and make the connection with that person, really helps sustain [the clients’] lives,” said Krause. Mary’s, said that normally, by Thanksgiving Day, she is overwhelmed with grief for all of those with whom she has spoken about their needs. “This morning in my homily, I used something from The Talmud,” she said. “It says, ‘Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

Jesuit College Preparatory students woke up early to help, too. “It’s such a tiny thing to do, and it really helps the community out and also reminds us what our community is,” said Alistair Keggen, a junior at the school. It’s not only the value of nutritional health for the seniors, but mental health that makes this effort important. “Having that visitor to deliver a hot, nutritious meal plus the friendly smile — the connection, human connection — is critical for their well-being,” said Krause. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” “This week, I took a phone call from a woman in real distress,” she said.

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