AUSTIN, Texas -- Hundreds of homebound Texans who wouldn’t usually be able to have a warm Christmas dinner get to have one, thanks, in part, to dozens of Meals on Wheels Central Texas volunteers.
On the Christmas menu was baked ham, sweet potatoes, spinach, dinner rolls and cake. Each meal is prepared and packed with love for Central Texans who are elderly or have disabilities.
“The services show them that their community cares and that they’re not forgotten and provides a much needed service so that they can continue to live in their homes healthy and with dignity,” said Adam Hauser, president of the nonprofit.
Volunteers delivered nearly 500 meals, as well as an extra gift. They were scattered across 55 routes. For Richard Cantu, volunteering on Christmas is a tradition and a family affair.
“I love it - especially for my children - to be able to show them that Christmas is not all about getting presents; it’s about giving back to the community,” Cantu said. “It’s important that they learn that life is not all about just you, it’s not all about what you can get or what you do get its about what you can give others.”
They get to give meals, as well as company and conversation to 10 different people in South Austin.
“Meals on Wheels is wonderful," said Barbara Arthur, a 76-year-old client. "They make you feel good and I love everybody that delivers my meals every day.”
Meals on Wheels Central Texas has been delivering meals on Christmas Day for 12 years. Throughout the year, the group offers other services including home repairs, grocery shopping assistance and pet health care.