Meals For The Elderly Newsletter Food For Thought Phone: (325) 655-9200 www.mealsfortheelderly.org Fall 2009 What’s Inside: Meals For The Elderly Christmas Open House You can help us win Top prize awarded for Board of Directors Happy Birthday Meals! is around the corner. $1,000! Find out how March For Meals. Information on page 3. on page 4. See why on page 6. Chairman More on page 2. Retha Fortenberry Vice Chair Sporting Clay Shoot Was Great Success Ruth Wheeler Treasurer We had a successful 4th Annual 12 gauge valued at $3,600. Robert Aguilar Sporting Clay Shoot, which was held on Sixteen other participants received Corresponding Secretary June 6th at the San Angelo Claybird $750 gift certificates to Field & Stream Kathleen Prince Sporting Goods. Recording Secretary Association. This year’s event was Mary Golder sponsored by Hinson Bit Co., as well Past Chairman Proceeds from this event as other businesses and Earleen Jones alone helped to provide individuals that can be Ex-Officio over 12,000 meals for the found on page 7. Steve Calvert homebound elderly in the Board Members We had even more San Angelo area. This Thomas Abbott participants this year than means that Claybird Robin Bahlman last year. 175 supporters have provided Judy Ford shooters and numerous food for the more than 500 Darrell Gill recipients that we serve for Kathy Keaton observers participated in Tim Malloy the event. The cooking 24 days. Matt Muehlstein team from the West Texas Boys We would like to thank the many Barbara Riley Ranch showcased their culinary participants, families, friends and Cindy Ringer talents once again by preparing sponsors that made our fourth shoot a Meals For The Elderly breakfast and BBQ for lunch. huge success. Thank you for Staff President & CEO Gary Calder was the lucky helping Meals For The Elderly Charlyn Ocker winner of a Beretta Perennia SV10 accomplish our mission. Volunteer Director Give to Cure Hunger Vickie Wright Program Director Tiffani Paige Recipient Coordinator If you’re looking for a gift to give Grandparent’s Day, and Christmas. Anita Garcia someone you love, but aren’t sure Please consider giving this gift to Accountant what to get them, please consider ensure a precious necessity and Alexis Marler Office Assistant making a donation in their name to peace of mind. Cynthia Islas Meals For The Elderly. Office Aide A donation of any amount is greatly Paula Gryder A donation in honor or memory of a appreciated by our organization. Intern friend or family member is a great Ashley Hardaway All donations are tax-deductible and way to show them you care about Kitchen Staff will be used to provide meals to over Tony Pena them while also providing a nutritious 550 recipients who rely on our Rosa Gonzales meal and friendly daily contact for a organization and the generous Petra Hernandez homebound senior in our community. Irene Araujo community supporters each day. A memorial or honorarium is a Nina Molina To donate in honor or memory of a Martha Perez de Orozco wonderful gift for birthdays, anniver- Mary Hernandez loved one, please use the form on saries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Newsletter Created By: page 5. Tiffani Paige Page 2 Upcoming Events September 13, 2009 Grandparents Day On Behalf of our clients, the Meals For The Elderly Board would like to thank the contributors who have September 23, 2009 Big Wheels Deliver Meals donated thus far in 2009. In lieu of listing all donors in this newsletter, the cost for paper, October-November 2009 printing, and postage was used to deliver over Emergency Meal Packages Are Delivered to All Clients 1,200 additional meals. In an effort to continue being good stewards of the generous donations, December 1, 2009 Christmas Honor Cards can donors will continue to be acknowledged on our be purchased through website. donation Big Wheels Day December 13, 2009 Christmas Open House We will be having our 19th our program. They will get to Annual “Big Wheels Deliver taste the food that is delivered to Meals” Day on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. our clients everyday. “In every community The purpose of this event is to there is work to be Local dignitaries and business owners will have the opportunity increase awareness and understanding about the done. In every nation to tour our facility and ride along necessity of our program and there are wounds to with a regular volunteer driver to what we do. We want the experience our program and our community as well as our city heal. In every heart clients first hand. After their route is delivered, they will be invited to leaders to have that emotional connection to our clients that our there is the power have lunch at the “Meals” office staff and angel volunteers feel to do it.” and talk with our staff and everyday. volunteers to learn more about ~Marianne Williamson Happy Birthday to Us! This year marks the 35th volunteers, meals were delivered We cannot express enough birthday of our organization. to sixteen recipients. how thankful we are to all of the Meals For The Elderly was volunteers and community originally a dream of Mary The result was the founding of a members who have helped this Alice Rodgers, who saw the need private nonprofit organization organization grow for the last for a program to help homebound called Meals For The Elderly. As 35 years. The need for Meals elderly with their meals so that the need for this vital For The Elderly in the Concho they could delay or avoid going to community service grew, the Valley is greater than ever, and nursing homes. need for additional preparation with your continued help and facilities grew. In October 1986, support, we will be here to meet In August of 1974, her hard work the community showed its that need. and determination began to pay support for Meals For The Elderly off. Working out of a building by constructing a new facility in No birthday gifts are necessary, donated by Mr. Sol Mayer, Meals two week-ends (in barn-raising but if you so desire, a For The Elderly was born. With fashion) with the aid of hundreds donation made in honor of the help of former Tom Green of volunteers and the San Angelo Meals For The Elderly would be County Commissioner Arley Home Builders Association. greatly appreciated. Guess and a handful of dedicated Phone: (325) 655-9200 Life's 5 Most Important Lessons Page 3 By Paula Spencer, Caring.com Taking care of an older family member or friend I love this list for several reasons: can be stressful. But so is being that person. It shows that you don't have to be a One wonderful way to ease the stress burden on president or a superstar to leave a legacy of both of you: Help the person close to you define experience and wisdom to impart. All life and preserve his or her legacy. experience counts...and the "ordinary" "Legacy" may not be a word most of us use in experiences seem to count most. everyday conversation, but it's a concept people It's a nice playbook on how to live life. tend to give considerable thought to once they It makes a handy template, or at least a head north of their 60s and 70s. Shaping and starting point, for possible insights to explore understanding your legacy refers to sorting out with your loved ones about their own life what your life has meant, and what kind of discoveries. memories of you are apt to live on after you die. I love any reminder in any form that includes What a person learns and leaves is as individual the message "humor helps." as his fingerprints. But I found some heartening Not least, it should make anyone who's a insights into common themes in this new caregiver feel pretty good. According to research from Priceless Legacy, a company that these elders, the odds are good that you'll turns interviews with older adults into life stories one day look back on your caregiving as a in print or video format. An analysis of its rewarding part of your life: Simple things projects shows that the top five life lessons (and by extension, simple deeds, simple shared by people ages 65 to 104 are: gifts) matter. Service to others is the most The simple things matter most. satisfying activity. Humor and time cure most pains. How to help someone recognize her legacy is There's more satisfaction in giving than largely a process of investing time. It can be as getting. Service to others is the most simple as making time to listen and asking satisfying activity. thoughtful questions. One tip: Look over old Choose your spouse carefully. It will be your photos and documents to evoke a story. Learn most important decision. more simple ways how to help older adults create a lasting legacy—and you won't regret it. Work hard and in a field or role that you You'll probably both enjoy it, and you'll both feel enjoy. grateful to bring it into the open. Save the Date! Sunday, December 13, 2009 Meals For The Elderly 19th Annual Christmas Open House www.mealsfortheelderly.org Lucile Blackburn: Still Serving at 97 Page 4 At 97 years old, Lucile Blackburn is always help. Her daughter Jane is many of the elderly people who a posterchild for living to serve oth- organizing a mentoring program for received the meals were more eager ers. Not only has Lucile been a women in a homeless “transitional for the warm conversation than the dedicated volunteer for Meals For living” center in El Paso. Her son is meal itself. Although Lucile no The Elderly, she has spent her life a minister, and one granddaughter longer delivers meals, she still doing her part to improve the lives chose to be a social worker. Another maintains her independence by living of others. Lucile has three granddaughter and her husband are in her own home and driving. She children, Jane Thomas of El Paso, serving in the Middle East. She is also enjoys keeping in touch with TX, Dr. Bill Blackburn of Kerrville, very proud of all her family and all of friends and family by emailing from TX, and Lois Floyd of Tennessee. them learned volunteerism from her computer. She also has four grandchildren Lucile. “Lucile has certainly been an and eight great-grandchildren. Her Lucile has also been a blessing to inspiration to our staff. She makes family calls her an inspiration. the Meals For The Elderly program. the most of every moment and is a Lucile’s daughter, Jane Thomas, She began volunteering for the great example that you’re never too recalls a particular moment when organization eleven years ago, after old to make a difference in the lives her mother took in a family retiring from working for SAISD for of others,” Charlyn Ocker, president member in need. “When a second 40 years at the age of 86. She and CEO of Meals For The Elderly, cousin became orphaned, my serves Meals For The Elderly and said. mother insisted on taking her the homebound elderly who depend Because of her dedicated service in. There were no extra on the organization every week by and her warm heart, Lucile has been ‘resources’ in our family at that helping in the office. nominated for the 2009 American time. It was an adjustment for us “I am so fortunate to have good Volunteer Award given by the Meals all. She asked us all to tell health and be able to volunteer,” On Wheels Association of America everyone at school that she was Blackburn said. “With God's help in (MOWAA). A video of Lucile has mother's daughter. That certainly volunteering, I hope to make a been created and people are puzzled everyone -- she was 13 -- difference in someone's life.” We encouraged to view the video and where had she been? But should all be so fortunate to be as vote for Lucile at www.mowaa.org/ everything worked out well. She healthy as Lucile. She continues to americanvolunteer. Please help graduated from college with help walk one mile every single day. She honor Lucile’s service to San Angelo from a family friend, and she is strives to enjoy life and to help by voting for her. To honor the eternally grateful to my mother, elderly people in our community. winner of this award, $1,000 will be who she calls ‘mother.’” She visits elderly people confined to donated to the volunteer’s local meal Several of Lucile’s children and their homes through a program at program. For more information, grandchildren have followed in her First Baptist Church. please contact Meals For The footsteps of service, further In the past when she was a meal Elderly at 655-9200 or visit commemorating her willingness to delivery volunteer, she recalls that MealsForTheElderly.org. Emergency Meal Packages We need your help with the Meals Each package should contain the milk, packets of coffee, tea bags, For The Elderly “Just In Case” following suggested shelf-stable, low cocoa mixes), and 1 Dessert Packages. This emergency sodium, and low sugar items: (prepackaged low sugar, lite or low shelf-stable food program evolved 1 Protein (canned fish, canned meat, fat pudding snacks). to ensure that the agency’s peanut butter, canned beans, All packages are decorated before homebound recipients have a canned chili, ravioli), 1 Vegetable being sent out. If you would like to sufficient supply of non-perishable (any small can of vegetables), 1 Fruit help decorate the packages, please food items in case of a (any canned fruit, raisins, or other contact Vickie at the Meals For The weather-related or other type of dried fruits), 1 Soup (chunky soups, Elderly office. Personal letters, notes emergency. beef stew, vegetable, tomato, and poems add a special touch and minestrone, Ramen noodles), Individuals or groups are urged to may be included. Be sure to indicate 1 Starch (individual oatmeal, instant participate by providing the kind of that the meal was prepared by your grits, unsweetened cereal, crackers, food that will satisfy hunger, supply group so that our recipients can send cereal bars, granola bars), energy, and contribute to their thank you notes. 1 Condiment (packets of jams, jelly, independent living. It is important mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, to select food that will last for For more information, please call honey, lite salad dressing), months without refrigeration and Meals For The Elderly: 655-9200. 1 Beverage (juices, Tang, boxed can be easily heated. Phone: (325) 655-9200 Page 5 Interested in advertising in this newsletter? This space could be yours in our next issue! For more information, call (325) 655-9200. We Need Your Help!!! Fall is coming quickly and we will need a little help. Answer phones: 9:00 - 11:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday 11:30 - 1:00 Answer phone during lunch Summer Drivers: 10:30 - 12:00 Monday through Friday Once a week, once a month, or whatever! Kitchen Assistance: Food Tray Assembly 9:00 - 10:30 Package cereal and snacks 9:00 - 11:00 Monday-Friday Decorate Sacks for weekend meals Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:00 Give the Cure to Hunger by Making a Memorial or Honorarium Name:____________________________________ Address:___________________________________________ City___________________________________ State________ Zip:_________________________________ In (Honor / Memory) of:__________________________________________________________________________ Special Instructions:____________________________________________________________________________ Check Enclosed Credit Card: MasterCard Visa Discover American Express Name as it appears on credit card:___________________________________________ Card Account Number: ____________________________________________ Expiration Date:__________ Phone:_________________________ Signature: ________________________________________ Date:_________________________________ Please mail this form with checks payable to Meals For The Elderly, 310 E. Houston Harte, San Angelo, TX 76903. www.mealsfortheelderly.org Page 6 March For Meals Award In the last newsletter, we this honor. A special thanks to this year’s wrote about the success of We appreciate your help with partners: San Angelo ISD, our March for Meals making this past year’s March Wall ISD, Goodfellow AFB, Campaign earlier this year. for Meals the best one yet Curves, ASU ROTC, City of Not only did we note this and look forward to doing San Angelo, Mardi Gras success, but the Meals On even more to serve San supporters, Standard-Times, Wheels Association of Angelo and the surrounding Four R Broadcasting, West America (MOWAA) did as communities next year! Texas Broadcasting, Foster well. We were awarded an Communications, Tom Green additional $2,500 grant in MOWAA recognizes only a County Commissioners Court, connection with the hard work few organizations across the KSAN, and KLST, Chili’s Bar and accomplishment of our country with a grant of this & Grill and all our volunteers. board, staff, volunteers, amount due to the achievement and ingenuity of Thank you all for whatever donors and our community. role you played in March for This was the largest amount that program’s individual March for Meals Campaign, Meals. Your dedication to our awarded this year, and only a mission has not gone handful of meal programs and we are proud to be among those acknowledged. unnoticed. across the country were given Letters from Our Clients From time to time we get notes from clients expressing their gratitude for our services. Here are just a couple that we have received that we thought we should share with our volunteers and supporters so they can know how much they are appreciated. I appreciate you all so much & wish I could give more, but am on a fixed income. I fell in De- cember and broke my pelvis bone and hurt my shoulder so the meals really help me out. Your drivers are so nice and always smiling. I look forward to Mon., Wed., & Fri. as it really brightens my day to have someone come to my door & be so cheerful. So God Bless you all for all the good things you do for people. Thanks ever so much, M.B. PS - The meals are very good! Dear Meals, I want to thank you for the nice little presents you sent me for my birthday, yesterday. Also, I look forward to the lunch you send everyday, and all the extra “goodies.” You make my day! Thanks, K.D. Phone: (325) 655-9200 Page 7 www.mealsfortheelderly.org Meals For The Elderly’s Wish List Recipients Office Kitchen Gifts for Recipients 4x6” white lined index cards Commercial Push Broom Chap Stick Birthday Stickers Industrial Dish Washer Nail Clippers and Files Metal Easels 66qt. Latchable Rubbermaid Bins Air Fresheners Polk City Directory Aprons Magnifying Glasses Black Markers & Sharpie Pens Hot Pads Handkerchiefs Colored Copy Paper Night Lights Construction Paper Miscellaneous Personal Size Hand Sanitizer Gallon Size Glue Landscaping Equipment Travel Size Toiletries & Wipes 2x3’ Bulletin Board First Aid Supplies Wireless Door Bells 3x4’ Bulletin Board Chain Saw Light Bulbs Small bottles of school glue Digital Camera Flashlights with Batteries Batteries Sugar Free Snacks Cricut Cartridges Regular & Sugar Free (Holidays other than Christmas) Single-Serving Hot Chocolate Electric Pencil Sharpeners Ladies and Men's Socks Beverage Serving Station After Shave Pet Program Mini Individual Pencil Sharpeners Dog Food (325)65 Small Fans Pencils Cat Food Pet Treats 5-9200 Toys Shelving Storage Containers Please Remember Meals For The Elderly In Your Will! NON PROFIT ORG. 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