The weather had been ‘iffy’ right up until the night before, but the morning of March 21st could not have been more perfect as we welcomed community leaders to join our regularly scheduled volunteers to deliver their meal routes and learn more about Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg!
Lynchburg Police and Fire Chief, City Council, and business leaders took their time; and even Southpaw, the Hillcats’ mascot, got into the spirit as he joined Board Member and volunteer driver Bob Day and Hillcats Director of Sales Matt Klein in deliveries!
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WSET’s Noreen Turyn joined volunteer driver and former Board Member Jean Yates on another route. Noreen is a ‘veteran’ driver herself, having participated almost every year!
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Our meal recipients are most grateful for the support they see when area leaders get involved. It is our hope that by proudly and publicly modeling this form of community service, these individuals will become more effective advocates for Meals on Wheels, and inspire others to act!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The Tax-Aide Program offers free tax preparation help to anyone, but especially lower-income and older taxpayers who cannot afford a paid tax preparation service. The program is nation-wide and is co-sponsored by the IRS and AARP.
Tax-Aide volunteers are simply neighbors helping neighbors. They undergo training and IRS certification every year. They provide personal attention to each client while completing and electronically filing both federal and state returns.
This service is free and there are no age or income restrictions. You do not have to be a member of AARP to use this service. It is available in Lynchburg at the Main Library and the Templeton Senior Center. It is also available in Bedford and Danville at their libraries.
Although this service is not advertised, it will complete over 2500 returns this year in the Lynchburg region.
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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Marvin Peele, since 1924
They are called ‘the Greatest Generation’ because they fought in WWII. But we know they are the greatest generation for many more reasons. They are strong, loving, and invincible. They seem to be tireless. They never complain. Somehow they always figure out how to get the job done. They are completely selfless.
At age 92, Marvin Peele is Route Coordinator for one of the teams of drivers who deliver Meals on Wheels from First Baptist Church, Monroe. He was proud to share that First Baptist has two teams (some groups have a hard time getting one team of drivers to volunteer!). Mr. Peele couldn’t recall exactly how long he had been volunteering for Meals on Wheels – ‘a pretty long time …’ was the best he could recollect. But he knows all about the friends on his route, how it grew and grew, until just recently when we were able to add another Madison Heights route, and now this is a nice, manageable size again.
Marvin Peele fought in the Pacific in WWII. Raised in South Carolina, not far from Myrtle Beach, his school district was one of the first to require 12th grade English to graduate, so Marvin enrolled in summer school to finish that requirement. Those few extra months made the difference for him not being available to send to Europe for the D-day invasion. Mr. Peele has been married to his sweet wife, Mattie, for 67 years. ‘That wedding day, June 11th, was a hot one in Washington, DC!’ he remembers. Mattie is from Monroe, and they ultimately settled here.
Mr. Peele has a storehouse of wonderful life stories. He shares them with ease and with humility. And then, with a quick grin, he says, ‘It’s been nice talking with you, but these folks are waiting for their lunch. I have to go!’ The greatest generation, indeed.
Berglund Toyota of Lynchburg is giving away $5,000, which will be divided among three local Lynchburg charities.
The charity with the most votes will win $2,500. Second place will be awarded $1,500, and third place will receive $1,000 from Berglund Toyota of Lynchburg.
Meals on Wheels is grateful to be considered as one of the non-profits in this benefit. Kris Shabestar, Executive Director, was interviewed on WLNI radio the morning of October 19 to discuss our contributions to the community, our growth, the vast need in greater Lynchburg, and some of the partnerships we are initiating with other organizations.
April 25 with be the 25th anniversary of Lynchburg Cooks and Meals on Wheels will be one of the recipients of the ticket sales.
At Lynchburg Cooks, over 40 local vendors will be showcasing their signature dishes/beverages in support of three local agencies that are working to wipe out hunger in our region; Lake Christian Ministries, Meals on Wheels and Rivermont Area Food Pantry.
Since 1992, a dedicated groups of restaurant owners, managers, food representatives and volunteers have been doing what they do best: cooking and serving food—for the purpose of helping those who are food insecure in our region. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to three local hunger relief projects. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and can be purchased at www.unitedwaycv.org or at the United Way of Central Virginia office at 1010 Miller Park Square, Lynchburg at 434-846-8467. Ticket locations for 2016 are also Bull’s Steakhouse and Charley’s Restaurant.
For a listing of restaurants, click here
Originally aired on 2/08/2016, we LOVE Living in the Heart of Virginia – – – and serving those who may need a little extra help with their meals! Take a look:
Living in the Heart of Virginia 2-8-16
Help us deliver poinsettias to our meal recipients, OR wrap and/or deliver gifts in conjunction with Home Instead’s “Be a Santa for a Senior” program! Call the office and work out a time that is convenient. It’s a quick and easy way to brighten your day and theirs!