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Hats Off to the Busy Volunteers at Meal a Day!

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Volunteer Nancy Rooks stirs pots of Hopkins County Stew prepared at the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center for Meal-a Day recipients. From preparation to packing to delivery to the door, this vital weekday service is handled exclusively by caring volunteers

On any given weekday, approximately 150 senior shut ins on six designated routes receive a delicious, nutritious meal delivered to their door with a smile and kind word. Deliveries are made by a half-dozen drivers or driver teams. Some of these volunteer every day and some just 2 or 3 days per week, but all feel a responsibility for the seniors on their route. Complete meals go out to senior citizens who can no longer cook for themselves at home or drive to get their meals. They also live in the Sulphur Springs/Como-Pickton area. Weekdays in the kitchen, on average, are 4-5 volunteer cooks and kitchen staff who do prep, cooking, packaging and cleanup. Meal preparation begins early in the morning and is finished before noon, when the cooking is done, lunches packaged, delivery completed, and kitchen clean-up finished.

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“The amazing process is like a well-oiled machine that’s fueled by love and caring concern for others”, says Seniors Center Director Karon Weatherman who is hands-on daily as well. “Our lunches have large portions which, for many, serve for two meals on that day. We are blessed to be able to turn out healthy, attractive meals with variety, just like they would have prepared at home. Right now at 150, we are at capacity of the seniors we can serve. But we look forward to that changing when we get a bigger kitchen! The new Senior Citizens Center will be a larger, more efficient facility from which to serve our senior population, with space for more activities, exercise, games and fellowship, and the interaction that many seniors crave and may otherwise lack. The present Seniors Center is at 150 MLK Drive, and our new building site is on Oak Avenue”.

Delivery team Mack Pitts and Pamela Johnson
Tuesday Cooks
Volunteer Leon Jose
Karon Weatherman and Cecil Toenniges
Driver Craig Toenniges
Friday Cooks
Pamela Johnson
Thanks You to the Meal a Day Cooks for each day of the week!

Monday Cooks: Cecil Toenigges, Karen Moseley, Barbara Williams and Bill Alford Drivers Suzi and Andy Rogers, Miguel Fernandez, Rick and Beverly Haygood, Brenda and Tracy Coker, Doug and Mary Ballard and Bill and Nina Alford
Tuesday Cooks:Clifford and Judith Hathaway, Cecil Toenigges and Mark Rasmussen Drivers Ruenell Martin and Pam Sellers, The Litzlers, Donna Rudzick, Bridget Nix, Donna Moon and Janie Chapman, Sandy Billeadeau and Dottie McArthur
Wednesday Cooks: Jim Turner, Fay Shaw, Ann Carpenter and Leon Jose Drivers Susan Vaughn, Tressa Moore, The McDowells, Ben Moore, Dick Stanley  and Rodney Bass
Thursday Cooks: Jim Turner, Fay Shaw, Ann Cartwright, Jim and Aliece Hamselka Drivers Gordan and Pat Ford, Kay Vondall, Tim Gee, Theresia  Lageschaar, Jerry and Carol Ann Dixon, Charlie McGuyer, Pamela Johnson, Clifford and Judith Hathaway
Friday Cooks: Nancy Rooks, Debbie Wisniewski, Maleta Reynolds and Peggy Weaver Drivers Carroll Gregg, Tressa Moore, Teresa Mathews, Jennifer Williams and her daughters, John and Mary Ellen Little, Celia and James Bagwell and Leslie Mowat and Neil Grimes 

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Monday Cooks
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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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