Every Friday for just over a few months now, I have been Volunteering my time and effort to the Lumacare Meals On Wheels program as a runner. My primary responsibility is to help the driver pack the insulated food delivery bags with the clients prepackaged frozen food. They can chose from an entree, soup or dessert. Although, getting all three is more economical. My driver is an amazing elderly women named Barbara. I load up her trunk and hand deliver the bag(s) to the clients front door or kitchen.
My interactions with the clients has been bittersweet, to be honest. The clients have been nothing short of kind and all around pleasant, but through meeting them I have witness how important this organization is. Meals on Wheels exists because the need for it is all too real. Many of those who benefit from their services have experienced a wide range of trauma that truly pricks the heart. Despite the pains and issues they may be dealing with, they have always greeted me with a smile, share whatever positive feelings they have with me, and even giving me encouragement. Being a part of this organization brings a fulfillment to my life that I never knew I needed.
Once I leave the homes of the clients and get back into the car with Barbara, it is on to the next home. Barbara has been another gem that I look forward to every Friday. She made me so comfortable in her space. She tells me tales of yesteryears and weekend plans at the theater with her gal pals. Meeting the clients, Barbara and staff has been such a rewarding experience that I will treasure always, as I plan to continue to volunteer my time to such a worthy cause.
Miss North Toronto World 2019 – Tish Thompson