DALLAS, Texas - Thousands of North Texas seniors in need will receive a special Christmas meal, thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers.
The volunteers spread holiday cheer one Christmas meal at a time. This was the thirtieth year volunteers spent the holiday delivering meals on wheels to seniors in Dallas County. They say it's extremely rewarding.
"One of the most meaningful things for me with Meals on Wheels is that interaction with people who may be experiencing loneliness, especially on a day like Christmas,” said volunteer Olivia Rogers. “If they don't have family, if they don't have somebody there living with them, a caregiver, which is why many of them are on the Meals on Wheels program… To have someone visit you and bring a gift and bring a meal just really celebrates what Christmas is all about."
Staff spent more than two hours cooking 750 pounds of turkey breast, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole and ambrosia salad. It was enough for 4,500 seniors who are unable to leave their home.
It has become a Christmas tradition for many families and something they look forward to every year.
It's something we've done every Christmas since I remember,” said Tyler Gatlin. “And it’s just great to get out in the community and see some smiling faces and try to make a difference on a great holiday like this."
Destini Webb, her mom and brother were in one car picking up meals. Her grandparents were in the car next to them doing the same. Their tradition began over 10 years ago as part of their church.
“Knowing that people who cannot get out, people who cannot cook for themselves are able to have a meal and see people on Christmas,” Webb said. “They may not even get to see their family so they are able to see friendly faces."