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
View this article from Nov. 11 News & Advance about current need for volunteers and donations in response to the increase in need for our services.
Last year, Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg finished in the top ten for Lynchburg Living’s 1st Annual Giving Back Awards. We would love to be number one in 2015.
Thank you for voting us up to the top again – – – we are anxious to hear the results very soon!
The “Giving Back Awards” aims to recognize the often unrecognized groups living among us who transform our communities and enrich the lives of others. The winners–as determined by reader votes–will be revealed at a special awards reception and profiled in Lynchburg Living’s November/December 2015 issue.
15 non-profits and winners will be honored at an awards reception planned for November 2015.
Once again, you made our Fall Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser an amazing success. We provided over 950 lunches to people around town. By purchasing your own meal, you also paid for a meal for a senior in need. Quite a few people and companies also made additional donations. All of this brought our total to:
6,861 meals have been provided to our friends and neighbors in need in this community.
through Let’s Do Lunch since its inception. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially Scott and the staff at Jersey Mike’s, and our volunteers who delivered the lunches.
Since its inception in November of 2012, our Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser has already provided 3,189 meals to people in need. Because of its popularity we decided to offer it in the summer for the first time. Thank you to Amy Trent and the News & Advance for helping us get the word out. Click here to read the full article.
Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg is having “Let’s Do Lunch” again next week. Since its inception in November 2012, it has provided 3,189 meals to the homebound in this community. Basically, you purchase an incredible lunch (large sub or salad, chips & cookie) for $10 and it also pays for lunch for a senior in need. Buy one – give one!
In addition, the meals will be delivered to your office or meeting by one of our volunteers and you will receive notice of your $5 donation. Order today!