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Angelina Co. Senior Center stresses importance of volunteerism

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Every day, almost 500 Angelina County citizens benefit from the Meals on Wheels program.

And as summer heats up, having volunteers who are able to work daily and show care to the individuals is key. East Texas News got to ride along with the Meals on Wheels team to see why it's more than just food they deliver.

Five days a week, Leon Moore delivers meals for the Meals on Wheels program, and he sees each person on his route as family.

Moore said the daily stops can help prevent a tragedy, which is why he always checks to make the worst doesn't happen.

"I found a gentleman," Moore said. "He fell on a Sunday afternoon, and he laid their until the next day when I came at 10 o'clock."

Moore is one of eight drivers in the county's program, all coordinated from the Angelina County Senior Center. While many Meals on Wheels programs across the country are struggling with manpower and finances, the folks with this one are crossing their fingers.

"I wouldn't say we are doing ok, but we are blessed. We are very fortunate that Angelina County is amazing," said Robyn Hight, the director of the Angelina County Senior Center.

And while they are okay right now, they can always use more volunteers to help the process.

Back on the road, Moore said, "44 … 48 miles round trip. It's just scattered out. You noticed a lot of twist and turning. Right, left, right."

At each stop, the people are grateful for the meal they receive.

"It's what we are living on except when we go to IHOP," said Charlie Kimble, one of the people who receive the meals.

This is usually a one man job. But Monday, Moore had help, his 7-year-old grandson.

"I'm showing him, volunteer when you have time to do it off your job when you are young," Moore said.

Bryson Whitehead, Moore's grandson, said his favorite part of Monday is that they got to help people.

Hight said they have been very fortunate that funding has not prevented them from moving to a once a week delivery of freezable food. She believes keeping daily deliveries cuts the risk of tragic accidents.

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